A person convicted of statutory rape is considered to have committed a crime of violence even if the perpetrator did not actually physically harm the victim, a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit has ruled. The panel reversed a federal judge in Connecticut, who had granted a habeas corpus petition for a Haitian citizen after finding that a conviction under C.G.S ¿ 53a-71 didn't constitute a crime of violence for purposes of immigration deportation proceedings.
2nd Circuit Rules Statutory Rape a 'Crime of Violence'
The Connecticut Law Tribune
November 24, 2003
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