i got a letter back from my detective today. the district attorney will not file charges on my sexual assualt case because this predator thought he had consent. His bullshit is protected by the Mayberry Rule.
“Moreover, a defendant’s reasonable and good faith mistake of fact regarding a person’s consent to sexual intercourse is a defense to rape. (People v. Williams (1992) 4 C4th 354, 360; People v. Mayberry (1975) 15 C3d 143, 154-155.) To be acquitted, a defendant need only raise a reasonable doubt as to his reasonable and honest belief in consent. Thus, to convict in such a case, the government must prove the absence of such a belief beyond a reasonable doubt.”
I feel llike I’m falling apart. It doesn’t matter whose right or wrong, the bottom line is that he gets off, scott free. Nobody can stop him.
I’ve lost hope.
According to the interviews, this predator thought he could go out with me, afterwards.
I’m so ashamed.
THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. BOOKER T. MAYBERRY et al., Defendants and Appellants
Crim. No. 18219
Supreme Court of California
September 5, 1975
“OPINION: [*146] [**1340] [***748] An information was filed charging Franklin Mayberry and his brother Booker T. Mayberry with various offenses against the prosecutrix (Miss Nancy B.). Booker was charged with assault with intent to commit rape ( Pen. Code, § 220). Franklin was charged with [*147] kidnaping ( Pen. Code, § 207), rape by means of force and threat ( Pen. Code, § 261, subds. 2 & 3), assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury ( Pen. Code, § 245), and oral copulation ( Pen Code, § 288a). Following a joint trial, a jury found defendants guilty as charged on all counts, except that the jury found Franklin guilty of assault ( Pen. Code, § 240), a lesser included offense in the alleged violation of section 245. Franklin received a jail term for the assault, and he and Booker received prison terms for the other offenses.
Defendants appeal from the judgments, contending that the prosecutrix’ testimony is inherently improbable and that inadequate instructions, an improper charge, and certain other matters also require reversal of the judgments. We have concluded that the court erred in refusing to give instructions concerning mistake of fact and that the error requires reversal of the rape and kidnaping convictions. In all other respects the judgments will be affirmed.
Miss B., the prosecutrix, testified to the following effect:
About 4 p.m. on July 8, 1971, she left her apartment in Oakland to walk to a nearby grocery store. As she passed a liquor store, she heard “catcalls” from some men, and Franklin, whom she had never seen before, grabbed her arm. She dug her fingernails into his wrist, and he released her. After she turned to leave, he kicked her, threw a bottle which struck her, and shouted obscenities at her. She remonstrated and continued on her way.
After she entered the grocery store, Franklin suddenly appeared beside her and said something to the effect that she was going to go outside with him and if she did not cooperate she would “pay for it.” She replied she did not want to accompany him and looked for a store security guard but saw none. The only store personnel she observed were busy with customers and were too far away for her to gain their attention. Because of her own confusion and fear of Franklin, she accompanied him outside the store, where they remained for approximately 20 minutes. During this time Miss B. observed no one available to assist her although two women left the store in her vicinity.
Franklin, in a threatening manner, mentioned to Miss B. having sex. She rejected this, but Franklin told her she “was going to have to go with him,” and, when she refused, struck her in the chest with his fist, knocking her down. Franklin directed obscenities at her, held his fist up [*148] to her face, and told her “you are going to come with me” and added that if she did not do so he would “knock every tooth out of [her] mouth.” She asked him to leave her alone, but Franklin seized her wrist and said “come on.” In an attempt “to buy time,” she told Franklin she wanted to purchase some cigarettes, and he agreed. Placing his hand beneath her elbow, he accompanied her to a store, approximately 100 feet away, where she purchased cigarettes for herself and Franklin. She did not explain to the clerk her predicament [**1341] [***749] because she was feeling “completely beaten” and did not think the clerk would help her.
After completing the purchase, she sat on a curb, attempted to engage Franklin in conversation and smoked a cigarette. During this period, in her words, she “put on an act” and tried “to fool” Franklin, thinking that she might be able to escape. He eventually said, “we are leaving.” She “tried to talk him out of it,” and he became angry and, uttering an obscenity, ordered her to “get up.” She complied, and he again seized her elbow and started to guide her. While walking several blocks, they passed some business establishments, but Miss B. noticed no one on the street. She did not want to accompany him but, because of fear, did not resist.
Franklin led her to an apartment house and entered ahead of her. After they entered his apartment, he barricaded the door behind them. She did not attempt to flee because, having a leg that was stiff from an arthritic condition, she could not run fast. Approximately 15 minutes of further conversation ensued during which she unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Franklin “to change his mind.” Without her consent, he then engaged in several acts of sexual intercourse and oral copulation with her. During the sexual assault he struck her, and because of fear she did not physically resist his advances.
While Miss B. was in the apartment, Booker entered. As she attempted to move towards the door, Booker mumbled “want some . . . .” He thereupon seized her and dragged her towards a mattress. When she resisted, Booker threw her against the wall and struck her face with his fists. She continually attempted to reach the door but was frustrated by Booker’s repeated physical restraint. During a portion of this incident Booker apparently attempted to strangle her. She finally told Franklin, who was observing the fracas, that Booker was going to kill her. Franklin thereupon stepped between Miss B. and Booker and pushed her towards the door. She broke free and left. She went to a friend’s house to get aid but found no one home. She then proceeded directly to her apartment. [*149] She immediately reported the incidents to her apartment manager, and the police were summoned.
At trial a police officer testified that around 10:40 p.m. on July 8, 1971, he went to Miss B’s address in response to a kidnap-rape call and observed much bruising and swelling on her face, left arm and leg.
Franklin took the stand in his own behalf and testified as follows: he saw Miss B. about 4 p.m. on July 8, 1971, and engaged her in conversation, after which he accompanied her to the grocery and the store where she purchased cigarettes. They then walked to his home. He did not threaten her, nor did she protest but accompanied him willingly and agreed to, and did engage in, intercourse. He denied seeing Booker hit her, but recalled that Booker entered the apartment while she was there and began laughing. She looked upset, said, “I’ll fix you,” and left.
Booker’s testimony was that when he returned to his apartment on July 8, 1971, he found Franklin and Miss B. in bed. He left the apartment and, upon his return, commenced laughing. Miss B. put her hands over her face and left. Booker denied having touched her.
In rebuttal the prosecution presented two witnesses. One described bruises on Miss B’s face and arms on the night of July 8, 1971; the other testified that she noticed nothing unusual about Miss B’s face on July 7, 1971, but that when the witness observed Miss B. on July 9, 1971, her face was bruised and swollen, one eye was almost shut, and her arm was bruised.
We consider defendants’ numerous contentions of error, one contention asserted jointly and the others severally.”
As to why the Supreme Court let Franklin off:
“However, Franklin’s testimony summarized above could be viewed as indicating that he reasonably and in good faith believed that Miss B. consented to accompany him to the apartment and to the subsequent sexual intercourse.”
So doesn’t it matter if I was scared or shocked. As long as he thought it was ok, this asshole could do whatever he wanted to me.