An attorney for the former state senator says there was not sufficient evidence to warrant a jury conviction of a charge of prohibited acts.
VTDigger’s Morgan True and Seven Days’ Mark Davis take us behind the scenes at the sex assault trial of former state Sen. Norm McAllister.
Apparently, when the chips were down, the jury chose McAllister’s testimony as more credible, which begs the question: why?
“I’m disappointed we didn’t get all of them, but at least the jury got to hear my side, and they believed most of it,” McAllister said, “I feel pretty well vindicated.”
The woman he is charged with sexually assaulting took the stand Thursday. The defense plans to call its only witness Friday.
Jurors heard a recording in which the former state senator and his accuser discussed a sex act that is the basis of the most serious charge against him.
The former state senator’s defense attorney asked prospective jurors whether they believe prostitution, or sex in exchange for anything of value, could be consensual even if it’s illegal.
A judge has rejected a defense request for another delay, and former state Sen. Norman McAllister’s sex crimes trial is set for July.
A judge is considering requests for dismissal or at least more time. He is also expected to decide whether evidence from the former state senator’s first sex assault trial can be used.
The legislation would prevent a court, police, prosecutors or defense attorneys from requiring journalists to turn over information from confidential sources.
McAllister, “under the intense pressure of a plea negotiation taking place in the waning hours” before trial, may not have fully understood the ramifications. A trial will now be scheduled.
In the recording, McAllister discusses arrangements with the woman to trade sex for rent.
If the deal is nixed, the charges that McAllister would face could result in a lifetime prison term.
If McAllister is allowed to withdraw his plea, he will once again face the more serious charge of sexual assault, which carries a possible life sentence.