Commonwealth v. Hacker

15 A.3d 333 (2011)

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Commonwealth v. Hacker

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
15 A.3d 333 (2011)

  • Written by Alexander Hager-DeMyer, JD

Facts

Lisa Hacker (defendant) was regularly visited by her 13-year-old nephew and NA, the nephew’s 12-year-old female friend. One night, Hacker dared NA to perform oral sex on her nephew, threatening to tell NA’s mother that NA had misbehaved if NA did not comply. NA performed the act. Hacker was charged with and convicted of solicitation to commit the rape of a child. Hacker argued that she could not be convicted of solicitation because she did not know that NA was under the age of 13. The trial court found that because mistake of age was not a defense to the rape of a child, it was not a defense to solicitation of that same crime. Hacker appealed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The appellate court reversed the conviction, finding that solicitation was a specific-intent crime that required Hacker to have a specific intent for all elements of the underlying offense of child rape. The court found that without evidence that Hacker knew NA was under 13, a jury could not convict Hacker for solicitation. The Commonwealth (plaintiff) appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Eakin, J.)

Dissent (Saylor, J.)

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