Minneapolis lawyer acquitted of rape

March 12, 2010 10:21 a.m.

Al Garcia, 50, was acquitted of rape on Monday after a prospective client accused him of forcing sex on her in his office on August 7, 2008.
The woman claimed that cocaine was involved, and that after she escaped him he hid under his desk with his pants down, in a "paranoid state." According to the Star Tribune, Garcia never took the stand during the trial.
"There was sex, there was drugs, and there was consent," said Paul Edlund, Garcia's attorney.
Three other women also took the stand as saying that Garcia behaved sexually inappropriate or forced sexual acts upon them in their time working with him as clients or relatives of clients, according to the Star Tribune.
Edlund said that Garcia's actions were unprofessional but that he was "not a rapist."
As the Star Tribune puts it, Edlund "ridiculed" the idea that the woman spent 78 minutes in the office with Garcia. Since the legal consultation was 30 minutes, Edlund said that this only left "48 minutes for this all-out, knock-down, drag-out rape."
According to City Pages, Garcia still faces charges of witness-tampering because of phone calls he made to prevent his accuser from testifying.
Even though he was acquitted, Garcia remains in custody, according to the Star Tribune, to begin his five-year sentence for a drug-related charge, when he took drugs as payment for legal services last February.

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