Missoula - Part Five: Trial by Jury Summary & Analysis

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In March 2012, Cecilia Washburn reported that she had been raped by Beau Donaldson’s teammate, Jordan Johnson. UM was already investigating Johnson. After county prosecutors filed charges of sexual assault without consent, Johnson’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case due to lack of probable cause and omission of material facts. The motion was written by Kristen Pabst. In March 2012, Pabst had resigned from the County Attorney’s office and opened her own law firm. A month later, she joined Johnson’s defense team which was headed by David Paoli. During the time Pabst had been in charge of sexual assault cases, only 14 of the 114 rape or sexual assault cases referred by the police had been prosecuted. Judge Townsend denied the dismissal.

The Johnson trial got underway on February 11, 2013. The prosecutor, Adam Durek, reminded the jury of seven...

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