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Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 30, 2022 09:51AM
[apnews.com]

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho lawmaker was convicted Friday of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern after a dramatic trial in which the young woman fled the witness stand during testimony, saying “I can’t do this.”

The intern told a Statehouse supervisor that Aaron von Ehlinger raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant in March 2021. Von Ehlinger said the sex was consensual.

At the time, the Lewiston Republican was serving as a state representative, but he later resigned.

Von Ehlinger, 39, was found guilty Friday of rape. He was found not guilty of sexual penetration with a foreign object.

Von Ehlinger sat calmly as the verdict was read, as he has throughout the trial.



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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 30, 2022 10:48AM
‘ For von Ehlinger, the assault report triggered a legislative ethics investigation, and a legislative committee required Doe to testify during the hearing. A black fabric screen protected her from view during her testimony in the packed public hearing, but as she tried to leave the Statehouse some of von Ehlinger’s supporters chased her, filming her as she sunk to the floor, distraught.

The ethics committee recommended von Ehlinger be banned from the Statehouse, and he resigned.

For Doe, the report triggered an avalanche of additional trauma and harassment. Supporters of von Ehlingerdoxxed herby releasing her name, photo and personal details about her life in far-right blogs and social media posts. One person even wore mocking costumes to political events with a sash emblazoned with her name. While some lawmakers lauded her courage in coming forward, others questioned her integrity or called her names like “honey trap.”

“The constant attack on her really prevented her from starting the healing process,” said Ada County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Katelyn Farley, who argued the case against von Ehlinger. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen again to future victims, but it is something that happens all the time at this point.” ‘


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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 30, 2022 11:06AM
Isn’t having at least one sexual assault case a requirement for running for office for that party ?
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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 30, 2022 12:29PM
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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 30, 2022 12:30PM
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deckeda
Republican

Goes without saying.



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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: gadje
Date: April 30, 2022 06:38PM
He was found not guilty of sexual penetration with a foreign object.

was that a potato?
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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 30, 2022 07:59PM
Most likely it will be overturned on appeal when the court finds that the judge should have declared a mistrial when she ran crying off the witness stand. That was highly prejudicial and simply telling the jury to ignore it is naive.

I'm not saying he is innocent, just that this is hardly over. If she won't testify, then I doubt there will be a retrial.



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Re: Former Idaho lawmaker found guilty of raping intern
Posted by: gabester
Date: April 30, 2022 11:45PM
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Ombligo
Most likely it will be overturned on appeal when the court finds that the judge should have declared a mistrial when she ran crying off the witness stand. That was highly prejudicial and simply telling the jury to ignore it is naive.

Ugh. I hate it that you're probably right!

We need to as a society figure out a better way to protect the sensitivities of victims of this nature so that we can get better justice for them against their perpetrators.



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