NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Call it a case of junk justice.
A Connecticut rape suspect was acquitted after dropping his pants and exposing himself to the jury to prove that his member didn’t match the description given by the victim.
Desmond James, 26, was cleared of three counts of sexual assault showing that his equipment didn’t fit the accuser’s description of her attacker being a black man whose penis is lighter than the rest of his skin.
“If it’s not the light one, it’s not the right one,” his lawyer, Todd Bussert, told the New York Post.
James became a suspect after the victim picked him out of a photo lineup in 2012. At the time she said she had been raped by a “dark-skinned black male with big lips and black-people hair,” Bussert said.
“There were a number of troubling aspects in terms of the allegation. It evoked negative racial stereotypes,” he said. “We felt in general that it didn’t describe our client.”
In the end, the only evidence Bussert presented was to have James stand in the middle of the courtroom and drop his pants.
Bussert said the whole thing was very “embarrassing” for James, because court workers had filled the room to watch his testimony.
“If your liberty is at stake, he was willing to do that,” Bussert said.
While he was exonerated in this case, James is already serving a 65 years for breaking into a house and raping a 10-year-old girl.