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Sexual Assault

Attorney Mike Coco defended an Air Force Academy Cadet accused of raping a fellow cadet after a night of heavy drinking. The client had sent a series of emails to the complaining witness which the government characterized as a confession. The complaining witness stated that she was asleep, drunk and could not remember what occurred. However, after observing a sexual assault lecture at the Air Force Academy, the complaining witness decided that something must have gone wrong. During trial, the defense was able to show through a forensic psychologist that the complaining witness’ account of what happened and her reaction to it were fictional. The defense also completely discredited be government’s expert witness by showing that she had a lack of knowledge in the field she was testifying about. This case attracted both local and national media attention. The client was vilified in the news as yet another example of the problem of sexual assault in the military in general and the Air Force Academy in specific. However, the client was acquitted of all charges against him, he graduated and went on to a career in the Air Force.

Mike also represented a military member accused of raping a fellow military member. This case also originated after a night of heavy drinking. Through a lengthy cross-examination of the complaining witness, Mike was able to show that her version of events were physically impossible, she had made prior inconsistent statements, and that she had motives to fabricate her testimony. The defense in this case challenged every piece of evidence put forth by the government. From expert witness testimony to eyewitness testimony, the defense was able to show that the accused was completely innocent of all sexual assault charges against him during the trial. During the cross-examination of the complaining witness, it was overheard in the spectator area, “this is better than ‘Law and Order!’”
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Law Office of Michael J. Coco, P.A. is owned by Attorney Michael J. Coco. He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces