In State v. Harris, Petitioner was convicted of criminal solicitation with a minor. The Court affirmed the court of appeals’ decision which had affirmed the circuit court’s decision denying petitioner’s directed verdict motion. The State presented direct evidence that petitioner communicated with a person he believed to be a minor with the intent to entice her to engage in sexual activity. Further, petitioner’s statement that he only meant to teach Amy “a lesson” created a jury question whether petitioner had the requisite intent to entice Amy to engage in sexual activity. The Court held that offense of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor is complete when the defendant knowingly contacts or communicates with the minor, or a person he believes to be a minor, with the intent to entice her to engage in sexual activity.
State v. Johnson was a criminal appeal where the Court reversed the court of appeals and held that the trial judge’s credibility determination precluded a finding that Respondent unequivocally invoked her right to counsel during custodial interrogation.