Ex parte State of Alabama.Annotate this Case
The Alabama Supreme Court issued a writ of certiorari to address the State's request that it overrule "Ex parte J.A.P.," (853 So. 2d 280 (Ala. 2002)), the controlling precedent applied by the Court of Criminal Appeals in reversing Eric Higdon's conviction for first-degree sodomy by forcible compulsion. "In overruling 'Ex parte J.A.P.,' this Court returns to an approach more consonant with the statutory definition of forcible compulsion and the principles set forth in a 'Powe [v. Alabama, (597 So.2d 721 (Ala. 1991))]' in conducting a forcible-compulsion analysis when a defendant, regardless of his or her age, exercises a position of domination and control over a child." The judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals was reversed, and this case remanded for further proceedings.