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McKeesport, PA – Jacquay Hall, 31, has been on trial for crimes stemming from the alleged rape of a teenage girl that was recorded on a 911 call the girl had placed.  The outcome of the trial was mixed, at best.

The jury deliberating on the charges found Hall not guilty of kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint and resisting arrest.  The jury found Hall guilty of terroristic threats and possessing a firearm while not being authorized to possess one and without a license.

The biggest issue, though, is that the jury was deadlocked on charges of indecent assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and rape.  A mistrial was declared.

“Obviously, my client and I are very pleased. We have the utmost respect for that jury,” defense attorney Kevin Abramovitz said.

“Utmost respect” is lawyer-speak for “We are glad that they bought what we are selling.”

Hall was accused of raping a teenager in an abandoned parking garage after following and dragging her into the building.  Before Hall got a hold of her, though, she called 911 on her cellphone and put it in her pocket.  The incident was subsequently recorded and admitted into court.

According to Hall’s lawyer, though, the woman who accused Hall of rape owed him money for drugs.  Furthermore, according to the defense argument, the sex in the abandoned parking garage was a natural next step in their relationship.

“This was not a stranger rape. This was not a yank-someone-off-the-street, snatch-and-grab situation,” Abramovitz said. “This was a situation where the parties had a prior business relationship, and they made a choice to have consensual sex.”

In an abandoned parking garage with a 911 dispatcher listening?  Those crazy kids…

A tape of the woman’s 911 call was played during the trial on Tuesday. On the recording, she was heard saying, “Please, I didn’t do anything. I’m just walking.”

“Keep walking. I swear to God, I’ll bust you,” a man’s voice answered on the tape.

According to police, the male voice was Hall.

“Please, let me go, please. I’ll give you … I’ll give you … I don’t have any money. I’ll give you my bank card,” the woman’s voice said during the call.

Hall’s lawyer maintained the woman was ‘encouraging’ Hall on the tape.  Prosecutors countered that the woman was doing what was necessary to escape harm.

“I’ll do anything you want. Please don’t hurt me, please,” the woman said on the tape.

“All right, well, be quiet. Shut the (expletive) up,” the man responded.

“I don’t want to have sex. I don’t want to have sex,” the woman said.

“Well, it’s too late,” the man said.

The call lasted for nearly 24 minutes.  According to the police affidavit, when the woman saw flashing lights, she said she had to use the bathroom and ran toward the police.

“Go get him. He’s over there. Please, before he hurts me, please,” she told the arriving officers.

The jury deliberations lasted 9 hours on Tuesday before the split verdict was announced.

News accounts described the teen as “shaken” as she left the courtroom.  She did not comment to reporters.  The judge has given the prosecution five business days to decide if it wants to try Hall again.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/ericagieras Erica Gieras

    How was this not rape? OMG this is why I carry a gun always!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    This one makes my Brain hurt…

  • Anonymous

    How the HELL is that not rape?  This makes me sick!!

  • Anonymous

    If that transcript is accurate, then here is proof that the people who make up some juries are fucking retarded.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Morbid, may i say damn jew lawyers?, and methinks shes had to “pay-up” her dealer before hence the cell phone call, and that i won’t condone rape, but neither person seems to be a victim here, Touchy Moral ground on this one. I hate Drug dealers with a passion tho grrrr. ugh stupid people.

  • MISSanthropic

    I can’t really say whether I agree or disagree with this unless I have more information. She very well could have been trying to set him up so she didn’t owe him money anymore. He’s obviously not a good person, but I have no idea about her.

  • Mamma

    Taser. I have guns but I like the jerky, non-lethal body spasms they do when you zap them in the nuts.

  • Anonymous

    If you refuse to believe she was raped despite the unambiguous 911 tape, why be a dick about the guy’s lawyer? The drug deal + consensual sex angle that contradicts the tape was that “damn jew’s” idea. Do you just dislike Jews THAT much? And I wonder how else one can possibly interpret that recording.

  • MISSanthropic

    That’s hot

  • LeaveMeBe

    Say what? Either the entire jury was made up of mental midgets, or we’re missing some pieces of the puzzle here. Everyone check the floor….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trisha-Doran/1055147616 Trisha Doran

    Confused on the Jew issue.  What’s that have to do with ANYTHING?  There are just as many scurvy Christian lawyers so I’m not sure what that’s about.  Anyway.  Hmmmm.  I’m not sure what’s going on here.  At first glance it seems how could anyone find the tape ambiguous.  I’d like to know more of the testimony.  And there is sometimes juries hold the victim to a higher standard as they wouldn’t want to think something like that could happen to them.

    WTF about the Jews?  I’m still confused on that one.  Who cares about religion regarding attorneys?

  • Anonymous

    wow, so an actual 911 call of the crime doesn’t help these days.  Makes me feel real safe as a woman going out in public now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    I’ve got 78 cents and some cat hair. What did you come up with?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_73XIRZPTAHFYUFHHT45NRCWJGI reen

    Aliceinchainsboy: “Neither person seems to be a victim here?” What part of “I don’t want to have sex” do you not understand, maybe the “DON’T” part? Unless I’m misunderstanding your meaning, that is really disturbing.

  • Anonymous

    Who gives a flying fuck about the attorney? He did his job quite well and no one can fault him for that.

    What I want to know is the demographic makeup of the jury and the backgrounds of both victim & attacker.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if she’s a complete slimeball who owed him money and kicked his puppy. When a woman says “Please let me go… Please don’t hurt me… I don’t want to have sex,” that’s rape. Whatever her intentions or motivations are for her actions, he still raped her, and he should face consequences for that. 

    Rape is never okay. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, it’s not like attorneys have souls, anyway.  :-p

    (My apologies to any decent attorneys reading this.)

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I can fault him for it.  “This was a situation where the parties had a prior business relationship, and they made a choice to have consensual sex.” 

    So, anyone I have a prior business relationship with can have sex with me, even if I’m begging them to let me go and telling them I don’t want to have sex? That’s what passes for “consent” to this attorney? 

    Attorneys like this are why there are so many lawyer jokes. 

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps having professional juries isn’t such a bad idea…

  • Anonymous

    A lawyer’s job is to defend his client by any legal means possible. This lawyer did what was expected of him; if he didn’t feel that he could defend this guy, then he would have recused himself.

    This lawyer did his job well; ergo he defended his client and achieved a hung jury.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mkoualline Mark Oualline

    I have never understood attorney jokes from a criminal perspective on things like this. F this guy for doing his job well. Are people not entitled to a competent defense (in the Constitution thing, I believe). If anything, fault the guy that isn’t doing his job: likely an ill-prepared prosecuting attorney who didn’t form a case outside of this evidence, didn’t prepare a witness like he should, somehow made the accused more credible, and used poor judgment in allowing jury members.
    Also, let’s not forget that juries are largely idiots (things are changing, though, as more and more judges are being very strict when it comes to letting people out of jury duty): largely uneducated and  the only people who weren’t able to come up with a reasonable excuse to get out of the box. Again, most people are biased towards the alleged criminal to begin with, so unless there was a ringer in there, this prosecuting attorney really, really did an atrocious job and I hope the city is catching serious hell for this. Not to condone racist attitudes at all but only perpetuate the nature of our justice system, but you have a black drug dealer committing a rape on phone and you can’t get a conviction, heads should roll. 

  • Anonymous

    Just because a hit man does his job well doesn’t mean I won’t fault him for it. 

  • Athena

    Oh, c’mon, Deety.  You know better than that.  What was he supposed to do?  “Welp, sounded like rape to me.  Can’t argue with the transcript!” as he kicks his feet onto the desk in resignation. :P

    Cops and lawyers: A joke… right up until you need one. 

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    That attitude is the reason a lot of these assholes get off. You read the transcript, yet you are not sure. You don’t know about her character. It doesn’t change the fact that he assaulted her. Also, why do you think she owed this asshole money? I don’t see any evidence of that. That is probably the same attitude some of the jurors had. How disappointing. 

  • Anonymous

    A hit man’s job is illegal, a defense attorney’s job is at worst immoral, at best noble.

  • wyrosjr

    When the law of the land fails.. there is always the law of the jungle.

  • wyrosjr

    This guy is no Atticus Finch. Let’s quit defending lawyers. They can do a find job of that for themselves. There is always a choice, even for lawyers.

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    24 minutes to show up on a 911 call? Quit stuffing your faces with donuts, cops, and do your fucking job!

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    Why wouldn’t it be? It was taken directly off the phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Morrison/798963695 Valerie Morrison

    I’m torn on this. When I first read it, I was sure it was rape. But I couldn’t stop thiking about this part:
    “…she said she had to use the bathroom and ran toward the police.” How exactly did that happen? “Yeah, you can go pee. But hurry back!” That doesn’t seem like rapist behavior to me. I feel like a lot has been left out of this story- I would have to hear the tape to make my mind up.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t fault the noble ones, just the immoral ones. (That applies to both hit men and attorneys.) 

  • Anonymous

    Hey now, I don’t joke about cops! I just make sexy growling noises at them as they walk by.  ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Sure he should have a competent defense. But even a competent defense should lose when the facts show that the accused is guilty. This attorney basically said that their ‘prior business relationship’ meant that she consented, even though she tried to leave and specifically said she didn’t want to have sex. 

    You’re probably right to blame this on the prosecution though. I really hope they try this a second time and get it right. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/mkoualline Mark Oualline

    What would be the noble thing? Let the man not have his right to an attorney? Have the attorney not uphold his duty, breaking the law and his code of ethics, because the man committed a crime?
    Again, you want an attorney to be mad at, be angry at the incompetent prosecutor.

  • wyrosjr

    Yes, a noble lawyer wouldn’t take the case in the first place. All the talk of duty, law and code of ethics are just ways to muddy the waters of what is a black/white thing. Imo

  • wyrosjr

    I see no ethical parallels between cops and lawyers. Cops only enforce the law. Very few laws are immoral in and of themselves. Lawyers “defend” the bad guy. Their jobs are very different. The enemy of my friend(victim) is my enemy

  • Anonymous

    What do you think a lawyer’s duty is? To only give a strong defense for people he likes? My guess is that this lawyer is sickened by his client, but he has a moral and ethical duty to defend regardless of his feelings. If he did otherwise then he could be disbarred.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sarahl4d Sarah L4d

    I don’t care what the lawyers say. Fuck this dude, he totally raped her and the stupid jury didn’t convict because she’s a crackhead. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit!

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    It does looks like she may have owed him money after reading that, again, my bad. That’s still no excuse for this, though. 

  • MISSanthropic

    Th only attitude I had toward this was being open minded. Last time I checked my only opinion was that I didn’t agree or disagree yet. 

    “According to Hall’s lawyer, though, the woman who accused Hall of rape owed him money for drugs.”

    That’s from the article. Again, I’m not saying I think that’s what definitely happened. Just speculating. Sorry not jumping on the bandwagon right away is disappointing for you.

  • MISSanthropic

     I guess I was not clear on this. I don’t think the rape charges are questionable, I think the whole situation is shady. There is obviously a reason that this case, where a rape has actual AUDIO, is not open and shut. That is why I stated I’d like more info. If the reason turns out to be the jurors are fucking idiots, I’ll take it.

  • MISSanthropic

    I agree. He sounds like the kind of guy I would be more than happy to spend my tax dollars on, to keep behind bars. I just feel there has to be more to this than we know. You would think a rape with audio would be a done deal.

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    I do see your point, after reading the article again. At least about the money she may have owed. The transcript makes it look like she got raped, though. The way she was telling him she didn’t want to have sex, and he said, “well, it’s too late for that”. This fucker had her at gun point, making threats. Why wouldn’t he rape her, too? Then 24 minutes later she goes running toward the cops asking for their help, before he hurts her. Then, after the verdicts, she walks out of the courtroom shaken, and won’t make a statement. Apparently, it was concluded there was sexual intercourse. I wasn’t a juror, but It sure seems like rape to me.

    I wasn’t trying to come down on you, it’s just something that frustrates me. My ex wife got raped. She was taking him to court, but they pleabargained down to misdameaner sexual assault. He got six months probation. What a fucking joke! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/mkoualline Mark Oualline

    So what if (and likely the case) the defense attorney was court appointed? It is incredibly difficult to get out of being judge appointed, and sandbagging such  a case is a surefire way to end a career.This is our legal system and it is incredibly ignorant to associate the overwhelming majority of defense attorneys (especially court appointees) with who they represent. 
    What is black and white is an attorney’s duty; at least one attorney in the case did just that. You talk of muddying the waters as if ethics aren’t a huge factor in the practice of law and something that is not taken extremely seriously.

  • MISSanthropic

    That stuck out to me, also. I feel like if we heard the tape, we may go:  “Ahhhh, that’s why this case isn’t closed yet.”

    Or, we could finish listening and say:  “Get the fucking water checked out in McKeesport. Now.”

  • Athena

    You see no ethical parallel between cops and lawyers?  That can only be because you choose not to.

    A person simply cannot hold your perspective unless they do not respect the constitutional right to a competent defense and the wishes of America’s forefathers.  THAT is what defense attorneys are defending.  10:1 says this lawyer is a public defense attorney, anyway.

  • hershey

    Maybe she didn’t know the address when she called.

  • Anonymous

    I can understand that, unfortunately I don’t think are technology has advanced to that point yet.

  • Anonymous

    Some of them have no other choice but to defend scumbags. It’s not like they can choose their clients. One of my old professors told his class a story about how he had to defend the worst of the worst before changing career paths. His professor went up to him and told him BLATANTLY that this career path wasn’t for him as  he had a problem defending these jerks. Honestly, can’t blame him.

  • Anonymous

    Me too and my blood Boil.What a dumass Lawyer, how could this not be anything but rapeThe jury doesn’t sound any brighter either..

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    I was thinking more like they traced the cell phone call. That is probably why she saw the flashing lights, but they didn’t know exactly where she was.

  • Anonymous

    Thats what  iam thinking. This just pisses me off.If it was all captured on video would, the same stupid descisions be made? grrr

  • Inconsiderate @ pikeman

    I know that’s a racial slur, but it is so embedded around here. “Jewing” someone down, or “don’t be a Jew” is always said around here. I think a-boy meant that they were money hungry lawyers, I don’t think he was trying to be racial. I do disagree with him about her not being a victim, though.

  • Anonymous

    You found change?

  • Anonymous

    Deety is on the ball…cheers

  • Anonymous

    I hope we get more information on this case.I have seen court cases on tv that left no doubt in ones mind of guilty or innocent. Then an update where more evidence was presented that changed the whole original case and my opinion.

  • Wicked Smilee

    They CAN choose their career, as well as their clients.  It’s a conscious choice to be a slimeball. 

  • Wicked Smilee

    Actually, 911 is pretty much a joke, all around.  I know it’s needed, but I encourage everyone to have a “plan” for their own defense, because relying 100% on the police, and then the justice system, will let you down.

    On this particular article, I believe she got raped by him, AND the various agencies…

  • Anonymous

    All I got is a bag of cat food.

  • Anonymous

    Where i live the lawyers can choose to be put in rotation for anyone who can’t afford anattorney and it applies to not just criminal cases.If it’s a family court issue(divorce,custody,etc) and you can’t afford an attorney you get whoever’s on roation.The catch as a lawyer is that when it’s your turn in rotation you can’t turn down any of the cases that come up.A lot of the lawyers do it to help women get out of abusive marriages,help people who are truly innocent,etc but they know they eventually might get stuck defending a scumbag.My lawyer is one of these and in 30 yrs of practicing he has always lucked out until this last fall.For those of you who have been on here you’re familiar with the Savannah Ross/Steven Bixler case.You guessed it-my lawyer was the one in rotation.I know it was one of the hardest things he had to do defending that scumbag.Although in this case since the guy is a drug dealer I’m going to guess his lawyer is a bottom feeder that doesn’t care who he defends as long as they can pay,and drug money does pay.

  • Canuck Gramz

    I found a mint ( still in the wrapper if anyone wants it?), a glove and one of our 2001 electric bills. Oh and a quarter that is glued to the bottom of a cupholder with some undetermined sticky stuff.

  • Canuck Gramz

    Just reading the transcript gave me this nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach. I don’t care who or what this woman is, rape is rape. It’s sad that our justice system(s) seems to work in reverse sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, there seems to be precious little protection for sex workers, and I think that is what the lawyer is telling us she is with his thinly veiled ‘prior business relationship’. Did the jury acquit because she has been selling it, so they are convinced she cannot be raped?

  • Anonymous

    The glove wouldn’t happen to a a green immitation suede left, size 7? If it is, I have it’s mate here.

  • dr.awkward

    I don’t blame the attorney for giving a ridiculous defense, I blame the jury for buying it.

    “But even a competent defense should lose when the facts show that the accused is guilty.”

    Exactly. The fact that this didn’t pan out that way isn’t on the defense for putting on the most competent case they could, it’s on the jury for ignoring the facts and letting judgment of the victim cloud their decision.
    Well, at least as far as I can tell. Admittedly, I wasn’t there and don’t know all the circumstantial blahblahblah… but it sounds like the jurors were total dumbshits.

  • Athena

    Actually, it doesn’t sound like that is what the lawyer is saying at all (which makes sense since him saying that wouldn’t help his case any).  

    The lawyer’s contention is that this was a set-up.  If he’s in prison, she can avoid paying him what she owes him.  While the source article doesn’t go into further detail, I interpret that to mean the defense suggests the 911 recording was not accurately representative of what transpired between the two.

    Now, who knows what put a significant chunk of the jury into reasonable doubt mode?  Perhaps it was her “Please, before he hurts me,” statement combined with contradictory testimony?  

    All I know is, if that recording was the only evidence submitted to the jury, there’d be no way they could acquit him on the rape charge.  There must be more to it.

  • Athena

    If you read the source article, it tells us that she was selling drugs for the man.  That was their prior business relationship and why she owed him money.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I got a half-sucked grape jolly rancher, a hook for a Christmas ornament and some cat and dog hair too. I’m still stumped.

  • LeaveMeBe

    If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    The cat is a hoarder and grabs change from all over and stashes it in the oddest places, then plays with it. I suck up about five bucks of change every week in the vacuum. It’s just the same change “recirculating.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    We could always build extra dogs and cats with their hair….

  • Anonymous

    There is more to it, regardless of the tape and that he did rape her, she was not an upstanding flower of womanhood so therefore her rape doesnt matter, even though she ran to the cops begging them for help first chance she got, “there he is please get him before he hurts me” her life is really in danger now, she needs to leave that town and go somewhere else because if he raped her for the few dollars she owed him, he is going to do worse now and try to kill her, she wont be able to play it off with him a second time to get him to not hurt her… she needs to get away from there…