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December 16, 2013

UPDATED: Judge ordered to resentence Athens man convicted of rape


Respect for judge

The district attorney declined to speculate on what evidence, or lack of evidence, prompted Woodroof to issue a light sentence on the first-degree rape, which occurred when the victim was 18.

Jones said Woodroof is a good judge but he believes he was simply having a bad day the day he sentenced Clem.

He pointed out that Woodroof had sentenced another convicted rapist, Austin Nichols Jr., to 90 years in prison in May for raping his 14-year-old granddaughter.

During closing arguments at the trial, defense attorney Dan Totten had characterized the victim as " a woman scorned" and said there was no evidence of forcible rape when the victim was 18, including no scratches or bruises and no DNA.


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