Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Football Fan's Guide to Georgia Law

In light of the allegations made against Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger here is a quick rundown on Georgia law as compared to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. CAVEAT: In Georgia, Pennsylvania and every other state an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Rape: Both Georgia and Pennsylvania have a rape statute. Both require engaging in sexual intercourse by force. It is worth noting that Georgia is the last state to sentence an offender to death for raping an adult.

Aggravated Sodomy: In Pennsylvania it is known as involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Georgia defines it as contact between the sex organ of one person coming in contact with the mouth or anus of another person by force.

Aggravated Sexual Battery: In Pennsylvania this would be considered Aggravated Indecent Assault. In Georgia this is referred to as penetration of a sex organ with an object. This would more often than not be digital (finger) penetration.

Sexual Battery: In Pennsylvania this would be equivalent to Indecent Assault. In Georgia this is intentionally making contact" with a body part such as buttocks or breast.

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