Newly sworn-in State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D -Los Angeles) has pledged to introduce legislation that would alter what he called an "unfair" loophole in California's rape laws.
On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals for the Second District of California reluctantly overturned an L.A. man's rape conviction after it determined that posing as a woman's boyfriend in order to have sex with her does not violate the law. If the woman had been married, and if the man had posed as her husband, the court said, the man's actions would have constituted rape.
An Eastside state legislator was quick to propose fixing an 1872 rape law that got a defendant a new trial for having sex with a woman he duped into believing he was her boyfriend.
California's Second District Appeals Court yesterday said L.A.-area suspect Julio Morales should get a new trial because the old law does not specifically protect unmarried women from rapists who impersonate their boyfriends. The letter of the law only protects married women from people who would impersonate a husband in order to get sex:
Three California lawmakers vowed separately Friday to eliminate a legal disparity that allowed a man to escape a rape conviction in Los Angeles County this week because the victim was not married.
Assemblymen Jimmy Gomez, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and state Sen. Noreen Evans moved quickly in the wake of a state appellate court decision that derailed a rape conviction.