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The Philadelphia Inquirer | State's Case vs. Kerns May Mirror County's Approach

(03/23/2014) The key consideration, advocates for rape victims said, is whether the accuser was able to consent to the sex.

"If somebody is in such a state that she needs to be driven home, that is, I think, a very strong indicator that she may not be capable of consenting," said Viktoria Kristiansson, a Philadelphia lawyer who advises the Washington-based group AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women.

Attorney General's Office staffers will be examining the credibility of the accused and the accuser, Kristiansson said. It would be hard to believe - and perhaps easy to convince a jury of this - that the accuser would make up her story, Kristiansson said.

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