April 11, 2018–Mark Foster had been retained in 2017 to represent a client who was charged with second degree rape, having taken over the case from a public defender. Foster’s client vigorously denied guilt, asserting that the sexual conduct was entirely consensual. The plea offer was initially several years in prison, but then a new prosecutor was assigned and a new higher offer was made. Foster and his client were adamant that no rape was committed and declined to accept the plea offer. Then, the prosecutor obtained a new indictment that replaced the second degree rape with first degree forcible rape, a charge that could have led to a sentence of up to 25 years in prison upon conviction. Again, Foster and his client refused to engage in plea negotiations and began trial preparations. As trial approached, the prosecution, seeing that the defense would not yield to the pressure and was ready, willing, and able to try the case, dismissed the case shortly before trial was to begin. Foster’s client is now a free man, with no conviction on his record.