Charlotte, NC: Attorney Mark Foster successfully defeated the State’s attempt to convict a client on six felony charges. The client was charged with committing sexual acts with a child and taking indecent liberties with a child six years after the incidents allegedly took place. Foster’s defense focused on the total lack of corroboration of the alleged victim’s claims and the tremendous delay in making the claims. After a one-week trial, the jury deadlocked, with 9 votes for not guilty and 3 votes for guilty. The lack of a unanimous decision meant that no verdict was reached and the judge declared a mistrial. The District Attorney will have to decide whether or not to retry the case in front of a different jury at a later date.
Charlotte, NC: Attorney Mark Foster obtained a jury acquittal on all charges for his client charged with statutory rape of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. Due to the seriousness of the charges and the client’s prior criminal record, the client was held in jail while awaiting trial and was facing mandatory life imprisonment without parole if found guilty. Foster’s successful defense of his client focused on the total lack of medical, scientific, or physical evidence corroborating the alleged victim’s claims. The jury agreed with Foster’s argument that the prosecution had failed to carry its burden of proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, the client was released from jail later that day.