A153494

The Court of Appeal held that several counts of rape must be reversed because California lacked jurisdiction over those crimes since they occurred in a different state. Penal Code section 778a, subdivision (a) confers jurisdiction over crimes committed outside California only “if the defendant formed the requisite intent within this state and committed any act, including preparatory acts, showing that the crimes were initiated within California.” In this case, the court found that the rapes were “commenced” and completed in another state. In reaching its decision, the court rejected the A.G.’s argument that the rapes furthered the human trafficking enterprise that, which originated in California.

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