Imagine if rape had been a capital crime.
... a teenage girl he had known since childhood claimed he had raped her. He was arrested and, on advice of counsel, pleaded no contest to rape and an enhancement of kidnapping in order to avoid a possible life sentence if tried by a jury.
His story is a triumph for the California Innocence Project which took up his case and illustrates the growing trend toward taking a new look at convictions. ...
The key, said Brooks, was the woman's admission she had lied.