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Utah Supreme Court reinstates child rape convictions

Feb 27, 2017 - The Salt Lake Tribune

In 2014, two years after a jury found Robert D. Thornton guilty of rape and sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl, the Utah Court of Appeals reversed the convictions.

The appeals court ruled the trial judge had not conducted a sufficient analysis before letting the jurors hear evidence that Thornton, now 42, had encouraged his victim's mother to engage in prostitution and provided drugs to her.

Last week, Thornton had another reversal of fortune: The Utah Supreme Court on Feb. 21 reinst...