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May 5, 2011

Acquittal in Carnal Knowledge case as accuser refuses to testify

Calvin Palma

And in the courtroom of Justice Adolph Lucas, a man charged with Carnal Knowledge and the woman accused of abetment to the crime walked free. The case dates back to December, 2008 when a twelve year old girl told police that she had sexual intercourse with nineteen year old Calvin Palma. According to the child, Ronda Burns, a woman she knew well, allowed them to use a room at her home in the Port Loyola Area.

But this afternoon the victim, who is now fourteen years old, and her father both took the stand and refused to provide evidence against the accused persons. The father simply refused to cooperate when being questioned by the prosecution while the minor told the court that she did not remember giving a statement to police and she didn’t even know Palma. The trial lasted only an hour and Judge Lucas directed the jury to acquit both defendants of the charges. And while Burns was free to go, Palma was taken back to the Central Prison, where he is serving time for unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

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9 Responses for “Acquittal in Carnal Knowledge case as accuser refuses to testify”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Sounds like witness intimidation. 2+ years to bring a case like this to trial in our present environment helps no one.

  2. ProudBzean says:

    Why would the father rob this child of the right to stand up to her abuser? This is a sad story.

  3. Justice says:

    Sounds very fishy to me. I am wondering if the victim and family were threatened. I mean look at what other charges the accused has….

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    What kind of Father is this idiot?How can you allow this pedophile to get away after doing your little daughter something so unthinkable?

  5. B Groovy says:

    Wans dog lan fu eat egg e no wa stop…It will happen again…….

  6. ted says:

    the offender shouid be brand so all of us can identify him

  7. chabelli says:

    No problem we will stake out this dog -this sick father and he will soon be historias de crueldades familiar come tro mexico amigo we wait pan u

  8. ANY says:

    To me the family have been threaten,come on judge ,lets be a little more smarter, than those abusers.

  9. Kay says:

    Where’s the police press office’s camera? Video statements by all—whether he’s the accused, the victim or the witness. That way the victim can’t say they forget or they don’t know the accused two or three years later because video doesn’t forget (unless the crap disappears like many evidence in the lock-up at the station)

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