NOTABLE CASE

 

People v. Randy J.  (Not Guilty)
Randy J., a 48 year old ex-convict, was accused of various sex acts with high school girls, as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  The prosecutor described Randy J. as a “sexual predator” and highlighted Randy J.’s extensive criminal history (including two terms in state prison) as proof that he was a deviant and the jury should find him guilty.  The case was set in Burbank, a conservative venue.  The prosecutor would settle for nothing less than life-time registration as a sex offender and jail.  Despite all efforts to settle the case, no accommodation could be reached and the case went to trial.
The prosecution called a number of high-school students as witnesses.  Their testimony conclusively proved that Randy J. associated with the group of high-schoolers, that he had on at least one occasion purchased alcoholic beverages at their request for a party, and that he was both present at and highly intoxicated at that party.  But was he involved in inappropriate sexual conduct with the minors, or was his lack of judgment limited to purchasing their alcohol and attending?
After a bitterly contested trial, the only count on which Randy J. was convicted was for furnishing the alcoholic beverages.  The jury acquitted Randy J. on the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge and deadlocked on the sex charges (which the court then dismissed). He was not required to register as a sex offender and was not subject to the humiliation of such a conviction.