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The state Supreme Court today affirmed the headline-making conviction of Seattle gynecologist Charles Momah, concluding that a judge's decision to temporarly close the courtroom to

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Seattle Ob/Gyn's Rape Convictions Upheld

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The state Supreme Court today affirmed the headline-making conviction of Seattle gynecologist Charles Momah, concluding that a judge's decision to temporarly close the courtroom to the public during jury selection did not violate his constitutional rights. Momah was convicted in 2005 of four counts of raping and taking indecent liberties against four of his female patients. He admitted to having sex with two of them, claiming it was consensual. He was sentenced to 20 years in 2006. (In a weird twist, a woman who accused Momah's twin brother Dennis of sexually molesting her - and of allowing Charles to impersonate Dennis and assault her as well - was ordered to pay Dennis Momah $2.8 million for fabricating the allegations). In its ruling today, the high court said Charles Momah didn't have much of a claim in arguing the jury closure violated his rights: "Momah affirmatively accepted the closure, argued for the expansion of it, actively participated in it, and sought benefit from it....We affirm the jury's determination of guilt."

 
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