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Garnett v. State

Court of Appeals of Maryland
332 Md. 571, 632 A.2d 797 (1993)



Raymond Lennard Garnett (defendant) is mentally handicapped. At the age of twenty, when the events in question occurred, his social development mirrored that of an eleven or twelve-year-old. Garnett was introduced to a thirteen-year-old girl named Erica Frazier in late 1990. On February 28, 1991, Frazier invited Garnett into her bedroom and they engaged in sexual intercourse. Maryland has in effect a statutory rape law that defines second degree rape as sexual intercourse between a victim under fourteen and one who is four years or more older than the victim. The law also defined second degree rape as sexual intercourse obtained by force and sexual intercourse between a victim who is mentally handicapped, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and one who knows or should know about the victim’s condition. The penalty for second degree rape in Maryland is imprisonment for up to twenty years.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Murphy, C.J.)

Dissent (Bell, J.)

Dissent (Eldridge, J.)

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