Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Anonymous, Sep 15, 2013.
I live in Nashville area close to Vanderbilt....word in town is Vandy QB helped cover up but no charges and still on the team
Mistrial Declared in Vanderbilt University Rape Case — After Convictions | NBC News
A judge in Tennessee on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt University football players who were already convicted of rape — ruling that a juror who served as foreman wasn't truthful about his involvement in another sexual assault case.
Corey Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were convicted were convicted of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery in January for allegedly raping a fellow student in a dorm room on June 23, 2013.
On Tuesday, a Davidson County judge ruled that a juror who served as foreman in the case was a victim and key witness in a past statutory rape case, but never disclosed that during jury selection, raising fears he was prejudiced against the defendants.
"Our system of justice cannot tolerate a trial with a tainted juror regardless of the strength of the evidence against the defendant," Judge Monte D. Watkins wrote in the order.
Judge grants mistrial in Vanderbilt rape case | USA Today
Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins has declared a mistrial for two former Vanderbilt University football players convicted of rape.
Watkins found that a juror, who did not disclose during jury selection that he was a victim of statutory rape, was biased and could not have been impartial in considering the case. His ruling comes two years to the day after the rape.
Defense attorneys will gather in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday to request bonds be reinstated for Brandon Vandenburg, 22, and Cory Batey, 21. Both men were out on bond awaiting the first trial. Prosecutors said they will seek a new trial date.
"This office will be requesting that a new trial date be set as soon as possible," a statement from the Nashville District Attorney's Office reads. "This ruling does not, in any way, affect the evidence that exists; nor does it affect the state's resolve to vigorously pursue justice in this matter. Justice may be delayed but it will not be denied."
Ex-Vanderbilt Football Player Vandenburg Convicted of Rape at Retrial | The Associated Press
A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation Saturday before finding Brandon Vandenburg guilty on multiple counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. In addition, he was convicted of one count of unlawful photography.
The jurors in the case had to decide whether to hold Vandenburg criminally responsible for what other players were accused of doing to the female student in a dorm room in June of 2013.
Four former players were all charged in the case but only two were accused of raping and sexually assaulting the woman.
The retrial comes amid a furor over the six month sentence a former Stanford swimmer was given for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. It also comes during an ongoing debate about sexual assaults on campus.
Vandenburg and Cory Batey were convicted last year but the verdicts were thrown out after it was revealed that a juror had not disclosed that he had been a victim of statutory rape.
Batey was convicted again in April. Both he and Vandenburg face a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for aggravated rape with no possibility of parole.
Ex-Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape | The Associated Press
A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt University football player charged in the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student.
After deliberating for about 15 hours, the jury on Friday evening found Brandon Banks guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. He was found not guilty on five other counts.
Banks was one of four ex-players charged with assaulting the woman.
Banks testified he was bullied into participating. Prosecutors dismissed the claim as an excuse made up because there was video evidence.
The victim took the stand in the trial, the fifth time she has testified in the rape.
Two of the ex-players were previously convicted and sentenced to 15 and 17 years in prison. The fourth has testified against his teammates and still awaits trial.
Banks was charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. His trial began Monday.
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