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People v. Cornett, S189733

In a prosecution that included one count of violating Penal Code section 288.7(b), based on oral copulation of a child who was 10 years and approximately 11 months old at the time of the molestation, the judgment of the Court of Appeal is reversed to the extent it concluded that the defendant was improperly convicted on that count, where the legislature intended the phrase "10 years of age or younger" as used in section 288.7 to be another means of saying "under 11 years of age" in accordance with the ordinary understanding of "age."

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/30/2012
  • Published 04/30/2012


  • Cantil-Sakauye


  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  • Ozro William Childs, Moona Nandi