Attorney Gregory Q. Carter was able to obtain a not guilty verdict for his client, James Brant, who was accused of sexually assaulting a 46-year-old woman by gunpoint.
In the case, the woman claimed that defendant had forced her to perform oral sex while he held a gun to her head. When police arrived, they apprehended the defendant as he attempted to flee the scene. The evidence found by detectives included a gun at the scene and DNA test results that matched the defendant’s saliva from the woman’s mouth.
Despite the evidence against the defendant, Attorney Greg Carter and Attorney John Fuller were able to point out discrepancies in the woman’s testimony and argue that the sexual act was consensual. They pointed out that witnesses did not see the actual act and that when police arrived at the scene, the defendant was not exposed.
In the two-day trial, the jury returned with a not guilty verdict after less than three hours of deliberation. Had the defendant been convicted, he would have possibly faced a life sentence.
The case was reported by The Times-Picayune