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UPDATE: Justices deadlocked in billionaire assault case

UPDATED Wednesday, March 26, 2014 --- 1:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court says it deadlocked on whether to allow the alleged victim to testify in a sexual assault case against a Racine County billionaire.

Prosecutors charged Samuel Curtis Johnson, son of the late SC Johnson chairman Sam Johnson, in 2011 with sexually assaulting a teenager. Johnson's attorneys want the girl's therapy records but she has refused to turn them over.

A state appeals court ruled in 2012 she can't testify until she produces the records.

A divided Supreme Court ruled in July under varying rationales she doesn't have to turn over records and could testify. But the court said Wednesday that decision was a deadlock. That means the appellate decision stands and she can't testify.

A message left at the Racine County district attorney's office wasn't immediately returned.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 26, 2013 --- 10:00 a.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The defense attorney for a Racine County billionaire is pressing the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the medical records of a teenager his client is accused of sexually assaulting.

The justices heard arguments Monday from Mark Richards, the attorney for Samuel Curtis Johnson, the son of the late SC Johnson chairman Sam Johnson. The 57-year-old former executive has pleaded not guilty to molesting the 18-year-old for three years, beginning when she was 12.

Richards says the defense is seeking the records to determine whether the teen ever reported sexual abuse allegations during therapy. The Racine Journal Times says Richards contends two therapists who met with the girl never reported abuse, which they are mandated by law to do.

The criminal case against Johnson is on hold while the constitutional issues are resolved. The justices did not indicate when they would rule.

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Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 -- 8:55 a.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The defense attorney for a SC Johnson heir is pressing the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the medical records of a teenager the billionaire executive is accused of sexually assaulting.

The justices heard arguments Monday from Mark Richards, the attorney for Samuel Curtis Johnson. The Racine executive has pleaded not guilty to molesting the 18-year-old for three years, beginning when she was 12.

Richards says the defense is seeking the records to determine whether the teen ever reported sexual abuse allegations during therapy. The Racine Journal Times says Richards contends two therapists who met with the girl never reported abuse, which they are mandated by law to do.

The criminal case against Johnson is on hold while the constitutional issues are resolved. The justices did not indicate when they would rule.

Copyright 2013 -- Associated Press


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