On October 15, 1989, James Robert Liggett of Tukwila, Washington is alleged to have raped an unnamed woman from Lynnwood, (where in August 2008, a teenage girl was raped for real). He admits they had sex but says it was consensual.
On December 7, 1990, Liggett is convicted of second degree rape, and faces a separate trial for intimidating a witness (her). Perhaps unwisely, he decides to act as his own attorney, which ruffles a few feathers, as can be seen from the reporting in the local press. (After cross-examining his accuser, Liggett handed the case back over to his attorney).
Late in the day, private investigator Lawrence Daly turns up evidence that leads to Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kershner setting aside the rape conviction.
Liggett’s accuser had a history of psychiatric problems (whatever that means), abuse of prescription drugs, and what appears to be another false allegation of rape, this one against a Navy man who was not charged.
She is also said to have once claimed one of her children was conceived by rape.
Judge Kershner was clearly impressed or disturbed by the new evidence; on November 22, 1991, Liggett was released on his own personal recognizance. On January 13, 1992, it was reported that all charges were to be dropped, leaving Liggeett a free man.
Here is one report re the above.
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