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Appeals Court Upholds Rushville Man's Conviction
March 28, 2007 - The Indiana Court of Appeals recently upheld a Rushville man's conviction on child molestation charges.
A Rush County jury convicted William "Billy" Judge in January 2006 of child molestation and he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Judge appealed, arguing that a confession he made to an investigator had been coerced and should not have been admitted into evidence at his trial. He also claimed there had been insufficient evidence to support his conviction.
A unanimous three-judge panel from the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected Judge's arguments in a ruling issued March 8. Even if Judge had not waived his right to challenge his confession because he failed to object to its admission at his trial, the Court of Appeals said evidence simply did not support Judge's claim that his confession had been coerced.
The Court of Appeals also ruled that Judge's conviction was supported by other evidence presented at his trial in the Rush Circuit Court.
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