People vs. Frazer Essay by Research Group

People vs. Frazer
An examination of a case involving a charge of child molestation.
# 25773 | 1,413 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 02, 2003 in Law (Criminal) , Law (Historic Trials) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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This paper examines how on August 30, 1999, the California Supreme Court announced its decision in People vs. Frazer and by a 4-3 majority, the Court upheld the state?s revised statute of limitations for child molestation offenses. The case began on October 21, 1996, when the Mendocino County District Attorney charged Raymond Lawrence Frazer with one count of lewd conduct with a child under age 14. It discusses the history of the case, the issues involved and the Court?s opinions (both the majority and the dissent).

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"The Municipal Court Judge held in Frazer's favor and dismissed the charge, finding that the law as enacted did not apply to crimes committed before January 1, 1994. (The Judge ignored the amendment that applied the law retroactively.) The District Attorney appealed to the Superior Court, which accepted the state's statutory interpretation, but still held for Frazer because it found the retroactive application of Section 803(g) constituted an ex post facto law. The Court of Appeals affirmed the Superior Court's decision on that ground, so the District Attorney appealed to the California Supreme Court."

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