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September 12, 2009

MSC Order: People v. Chapman

On Friday, September 11, 2009, the Michigan Supreme Court peremptorily partially reversed the Court of Appeals' decision in People v. Chapman.' Defendant Chapman was convicted of accosting a minor for an improper purpose, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and two counts of distributing alcohol to a minor.' He was also convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a minor.' The Court concluded, contrary to the Court of Appeals, that no rational trier of fact could conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim was under age 16 at the time the sexual acts occurred.' The remainder of the Court of Appeals'' decision' was not affected by the Court's order.

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