A juror fainted after being obliged to watch a graphic sex scene in a Texas courtroom, as part of the case against Mark Benavides, a former San Antonio lawyer who is accused of having sex with his clients in exchange for legal services. In a video played in court that only the jury could see, the woman could be heard crying, “Mark, it hurts! You’re hurting me... Don’t be so rough.” The woman, who was in court, covered her face and sobbed as the tape was played. After the video, the judge sent the jurors out for a break, and as they exited, a woman on the jury fainted at the door. She later was excused and an alternate was seated. Benavides, who faces as much as 99 years or life in prison, has been hit with two charges of sexual assault of a child, one charge of sexual assault, and two charges of continuous trafficking of persons, according to court records—and has applied for probation.
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