Ex-Idaho lawmaker found guilty of rape denied retrial
BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — A former Idaho lawmaker convicted of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern has been denied a retrial.
Former Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s motion to retry or acquit his rape conviction was denied Thursday by 4th District Judge Michael Reardon, The Idaho Statesman reported. Von Ehlinger is expected to be sentenced Aug. 31.
The intern told a Statehouse supervisor that von Ehlinger raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant in March 2021. Von Ehlinger said the sex was consensual.
Judge Michael Reardon has denied a motion for a new trial for former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, who was convicted of rape in April.
Reardon said the new evidence was potentially more damaging to von Ehlinger than Jane Doe, and constitutional rights were not violated. #idleg
— Kelcie Moseley-Morris (@KelcieMMorris) August 25, 2022
The Lewiston Republican was serving as a state representative at the time. He resigned over the allegation last year.
Von Ehlinger in April was found guilty by a jury of rape.
Reardon said in a case like von Ehlinger’s, in which the jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty, he’s not “inclined to try and second-guess that jury’s decision.”
Bad day for far-right legislators, who rallied around Giddings. I expected some defections but they were on their own here. Giddings was censured for helping dox a 19yo intern who accused former Rep Aaron von Ehlinger of rape for which von Ehlinger is now facing criminal charges. https://t.co/SKuzqWBpC0
— Heath Druzin (@HDruzin) November 15, 2021
Based on those reasons, the judge denied the motion for judgment of acquittal and the motion for a new trial.
A felony rape conviction carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison in Idaho. The maximum penalty can be as high as life in prison, at the judge’s discretion.
The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted.
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