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A California appeals court reluctantly overturned a 2009 rape conviction Wednesday, citing an arcane 19th century law that rape — at least in the circumstances of a case like this — does not apply to an unmarried woman.
The ruling caught many people by surprise and has been the subject of heated debate since.
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