WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has reinstated the sexual assault conviction for a Las Vegas man.
In an unsigned opinion, the justices said Monday that a federal appeals court was wrong to overturn the conviction of Calvin O. Jackson for assaulting a woman with whom he had a tumultuous decade-long relationship.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Jackson should be freed or re-tried because he was prevented from presenting evidence that his victim made prior claims of sexual assault against him.
The high court said that the appeals court should have deferred to the judgment of state courts that found the evidence was properly excluded.