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Resource ID: #17780
Subject: Criminal Justice System
Source: Riverfront Times (St. Louis)
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Date: January 24-30

Description

The Riverfront Times details a case involving strangers, a date-rape drug and an overnight encounter. After 'Anne' woke up in the bed of a strange man, she immediately went home, called her friend and then called the authorities. "The results for a urine test were positive for 'amphetamine/designer drug'." She gave police the business card of "Matthew J. Wasiak". Wasiak gave police four different accounts of that night and failed to pass a "computer voice-stress analysis" twice. The evidence against Wasiak was strong and the jury's decision of guilty on all three counts asked for a tough 27 year sentence. However, Judge Jeff Schaeperkoetter disagreed. He gave Wasiak "120 days of shock incarceration at the local detention center, followed by five year's probation. The Riverfront Times questioned Schaeperkoetter on how he could make such an opposing decision.

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