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Man Convicted of Sexual Assault in Philadelphia, Extradited to Idaho to Stand Trial on Additional Charges of Rape
Jeffrey Marsalis, convicted on two-counts of sexual assault by a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge last year and sentenced to 10 ½ to 21 years in prison, has been removed from the Forest County Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania and extradited to Blaine County, Idaho to face a third rape trial. Marsalis lived in Philadelphia between 2003 and 2005 where he attended Drexel University. Authorities alleged that during that period, Marsalis drugged and sexually assaulted at least 10 women; most of whom he met through the internet dating site “match.com”. At trial, seven women testified against Marsalis, claiming that Marsalis would pretend to be a doctor or an astronaut. His former fiancée also testified that Marsalis had duped her by claiming to be a CIA agent. The jury convicted him on two counts of sexual assault.
Marsalis now is accused of raping a woman who worked with him at a ski resort in Idaho. Marsalis worked as a security guard and allegedly committed the October 2005 rape in the employee dorm of the resort. Marsalis fought the extradition proceedings against him, but lost at a hearing last month in Idaho. He will now face his third jury trial for rape within the next 180-days, said Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim J. Thomas. He will remain in a Blaine County, Idaho jail until his trial commences.
Extradition, or rendition as it is commonly referred to when dealing between different states, is the process by which one nation or state requests the surrender of a suspected or convicted criminal from another nation or state, to face prosecution for crimes committed in their jurisdiction. There are laws which govern the process of extradition. Criminal laws often differ slightly between states, and differ greatly between nations; extradition between nations is governed by treaty. Extradition is a complicated area of law, requiring the expertise of an experienced and competent criminal defense attorney.
For a confidential consultation, contact the Law Offices of Marc Neff immediately via telephone at (215) 563-9800 or e-mail Marc@nefflawoffices.com. We will assist you through your extradition proceedings, as well as all other aspects of your defense.