Saturday, December 18, 2004

Life Sentence for Date Rape Use?

The Atlanta Constitution reports that a man faces life in prison for a brutal rape in which he used GHB. The victim easily could have died from the GHB, so a life sentence seems like a good call.

Man faces life for rape of Lawrenceville woman
December 17, 2004

A Jackson man faces up to life in prison for raping a Lawrenceville woman during an after-hours event at Zoo Atlanta. Jason Hopson, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced next month for raping a 21-year-old after the two met at a Q100 radio station party at the zoo June 18.

At trial, Hopson claimed the two had consensual sex, but jurors didn't believe him. Fulton County prosecutor Ash Joshi argued that Hopson met the victim and offered her a drink, which he said may have contained the "date rape" drug.

Joshi said the victim began to lose control of her body and remembered being carried away from the party area by the defendant. The victim said she drifted in and out of consciousness while she was being raped at a restricted area behind a McDonald's restaurant at the zoo.

A zoo employee passed by and saw the defendant pulling up his pants and leaving the area, while the victim remained on the ground motionless, Joshi said. The victim remained unconscious and suffered violent convulsions. She was rushed to a hospital emergency room.

While the victim was at the hospital, Atlanta police arrested Hopson, who hadn't left the party.

The heartlessness of these brutal rapists is astonishing. Imagine drugging and viciously raping a woman, then returning to a party as if nothing had happened.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man gets 15 years for rape at zoo party

Published on: 01/18/05 AJC.COM

A Jackson man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for raping a Lawrenceville woman during an after-hours event at Zoo Atlanta.

At trial, Jason Hopson, 23, claimed he and the 21-year-old woman had consensual sex at party held by a radio station at the zoo June 18. Jurors didn't believe him.
Fulton County prosecutor Ash Joshi argued that Hopson met the victim and offered her a drink, which he said may have contained a "date rape" drug.

The victim testified she remembered being carried away from the party area. She said she drifted in and out of consciousness while she was being raped at a restricted area behind a McDonald's restaurant at the zoo.

A zoo employee saw the defendant pulling up his pants and leaving the area, while the victim remained on the ground motionless, Joshi said.

The victim remained unconscious and suffered violent convulsions. She was rushed to a hospital emergency room, where doctors noticed injuries, including bruising and vaginal wounds.

Adrian said...

the problem here is that you like others took the word of a lawyer and not the evidence "Fulton County prosecutor Ash Joshi argued that Hopson met the victim and offered her a drink, which he said may have contained the "date rape" drug" Now why wouldn't this show up on the blood work that she had to have done at the hospital months ago and straighten this whole thing out

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Anonymous said...

I am the victim in this particular crime...you ask why they did not detect GHB in my blood...I will give you the answer...

I am a nursing student...GHB can be tested by blood however, your best bet for getting an accurate reading is through urine because GHB does not stay in the system but for a very short amount of time. The reason so many people use GHB is because it is virtually undetectable if blood or urine are not taken IMMEDIATELY after consumption. They were not able to get a urine sample because I was in a coma and too brutalized to insert a catheder. Blood work was not taken immediately because they were more concerned about saving my life. Facts that were not listed in the AJC article were things like...CPR was performed 4 times before arriving to the hospital because I quit breathing, I did not have a pulse when they found me.

So make sure you have all of the facts about a case before you jump to conclusions on why certain pieces of evidence were not taken.

Anonymous said...

Dale Cardwell from WSBTV discovered the D.A. Ash Joshi after leaving the DA job solicited Jason Hopson's mother for $15K to get him out of Jail. The scum bags of legal justice and justice must be upheld for wrongfully caused some one to spend life in jail. Corruption? you bet!

Anonymous said...

i KNOW THE ACCUSED AND HAVE SPENT MUCH TIME WITH HIM. HE IS A GREAT PERSON AND A GENTLE PERSON. I DON'T KNOW THE "VICTIM" BUT I CAN SAY FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT JASON WOULD NOT DO THAT TYPE OF THING TO ANYONE. IF HE WANTED TO JUST HAVE SEX WITH SOME ONE, HE COULD DO THAT VERY EASILY.

Anonymous said...

Your story is wrong, you seem to have left out a few important things. Hopson did not not leave her after they were done Hopson called for an ambulance for her and waited for the ambulance and police to get their a guilty person would not have done that also she was taking different stuff that night on her own he didnt drug her. The rape it disappered why do you think that is, u peope are so blind to fulton county DAs and many other governmet employees in the court systems dirtiness. If you look now youll see he is under investigation for other cases of the wrongly convicted the truth will come out Jason Hopson was convicted because it was a public event and if he was set free then it would look as of people where not doing their jobs in keeping the city safe. Her story changed to many times. Jason Hopson will be set free and the DA and this girl will pay when they meet their maker. Before you slander someone you should have the full story. Just because you are convicted of something doesnt make you guilty we are being binded by the governments dirty deeds.

Briana Hopson said...

well im Briana Hopson.
Jason Hopson happens to be my uncle.
&& the so called "Victim".
You also left out mant details.
Jason will be re-tried for what he was convicted for.
they found much evidence in the DNA that would have cleared him the first trial. So yea he'll be out soon.
And what happened was consensual sex. && all this you were in a coma bcuz of that.. cmon now. even when he was trialed they never said you were in a coma or whatever else you have asumed.
yall had consensual sex and when your boyfriend cam you started sayin he raped you for your defense.
but it is going to all be okay becouse god knows what really happened and hes working jasons case. thats why jason is being re-tried.
&& He will get out.
im not going to judge you. your day will come and you will pay your dues hunny.

katie lynn9013 said...

ok, i have know jason for as long as i can remember. he is one of my uncles' very close friends.i know for a fact that jason would never do anything like that.he doesn't have a bad bone in his body.so all of people saying "jason should be chatged" or "he is a terrible person", just remember...you don't even know his side of the story.or at leats not all of it.the girl was a bimbo;people were sayin that she was drunk the whole night.but whenever a girl says a guy raped her, the guy always gets charged.and the girl who was "raped", i hope your happy.our family is so miserable without seeing jason eeryday.he is like an uncle to me and i want him to get out, but you don't want your family to know the real you...so i guess i'll wait 13-14 more years.i really hope your satisfied.

MothernotsoSuperior said...

I went to school with this guy. How shocking! He seemed to be very nice. I guess he is pretty evil.

slokom123 said...

Oh, the victim comments huh? I was there too. You were Not carried away from the party. You took his hand and led the way. I'll swear my sole on it. If you were drugged it was not from him. Jason was also victim if you claim you are. I heard every word you said to him. including that you like it rough.I walked away when you were crawling over me to get to him.I was in your way. You and your friend were laughing and joking around during the trial. A victim?? Hopson turned himslef in cause he found out the police were looking for him for no reason. Sound like a guilty man? you mave have passed out which is when he stopped and got help. They assumed you were raped and you went along with it so you're boyfriend wouldn't leave you. And yes you mentioned him too. After the trial the prosecuter came forward and ADMITTED he knew Hopson was innocent. You put a man behind bars for life to hide yourself from any consequences of your boyfriend and parents. I hope you sleep well. You are the evil one. You will be judged one day. You really need to make things right. I dare you to call me a liar. we can both take lie detector tests i'll pay for it. Keep lying to yourself. I was there too.

slokom123 said...

i am appalled the victim says she is a nursing student God help us she is also a liar an attention seeker who does not care who she hurts or destroys as long as she has an excuse all folks do stupid things at partys but not all lie and blame someone else for what they did you did make abad judgement choice when you approachedason for sex but that is not nearly so bad as lying and blaming someone else of a hideous crime ti further satisify your needs i think you are despicable and i hope i never need any care frfom a nurse?????like you do yourself a favor and talk to God and do what is right you have to answer for robbing these people of 25 years of their life shame on you

Jason's sister said...

I'm Jason's sister! I was there heard both sides of the story! This was not a rape case! All this is someone had to much to drink, did something they regreted. Instead of being a responsible adult and dealing with her bad decision she took the easy way out and yelled Rape! It's very clear she still does not understand what she has caused to happened to Jason and his family! But there is one good thing about this!!!!! Jason sits in prison with a clear conscious, he may be locked up and she's free in this world but' not with a clear conscious!!!!!! Thats a BIG differance!!! I pray that it gets to her and she won't be able to live with it!!! You know GOD don't like ugly!! This has not only affected Jason's life!! It has affected our whole family! My kids whom Jason was apart of their lives everyday, cry because they are'nt aloud to see him! GOD is good though!!! Jason gets a visit EVERY weekend. God always provides a way to make it happen! Jason's faith is also in God! You know Job in the bible sat in prison for the same thing! ALITTLE FAITH GOES ALONG WAY!! I don't understand it, but I still choose to trust God to do his perfect will for Jason's life! Maybe one day she will have children and understand! I continue to pray for her as I always have because she needs it!

SouthrnGentlman said...

I can not believe some of the things that are being said here... People are not convicted of rape for no reason. Evidence always tells the story. This guy is where he deserves to be and how appropriate that the family comes to the rescue here because of course you are going to believe your own family over a stranger. Some of the people who get caught for violent crimes would have never been suspected of being "that person" by their neighbors, friends, or family members. None of you were there, none of you were a part of this crime, and none of you can speak with 100% certainity about things that you did not witness yourselves. Evil exists in this world and my heart goes out to this girl for having to deal with you people throughout this ordeal.

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drhollister said...

I know the victim and you people disgust me! She never posted the original comment and was disgusted that someone would pretend to be a victim of such a haneous crime. For scripture quoting "christians" you write some really hateful and unchristian comments. You need to remember that you have only heard one side of this story... HIS. You claim that he is so perfect and that the victim is a drug addict and a drunk, and you could not be further from the truth. I can not blame you for believing your family first and having faith and hoping that he is not this evil monster. I have news for you, he is a monster! He ruined her life! He took away her spirit and she has to live every day of her life with the horrible and disgusting memories of what happened to her. He deserves to be in jail and he deserves everything he gets in jail. And you are right... everyone will eventually have to face their maker and be judged, and that is when he will go straight to hell!

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Jason Huddleston said...

Oh yeah? The victim was Jason Hopson. He did t rape you. I was there too. I was the one that was in between you two when you were telling him you wanted sex. You pulled him behind the gate and told us all you’ll
Be back in a minute. Then giggled and said hopefully longer. You can’t lie about this forever. You didn’t want your parents or your boyfriend to know you had sex with a stranger. You were all over him. He gave the police his name and number. Rapists don’t do that. If you had drugs in your system you took them. He didn’t give you shit. You passed out and he got help. Quit lying. You need to make this right. Even the prosecutor knew you were lying. We all know the truth.