However, no matter how powerful presenting all of this evidence to one jury may be, Maryland law currently prevents prosecutors from allowing the jury to hear the entire extent of a serial rapist's crimes. No matter how many times a serial rapist assaults a new victim, the jury will only hear one victim's case at a time. For the defendant, even with DNA evidence against him, it is all too easy to take the stand and testify that the sexual assault was not a crime at all but a consensual sexual encounter. And in a prosecution where there are only two witnesses to the crime, the case devolves to an unresolvable contest between the credibility of the victim and that of the defendant. After the jury is instructed that they may only convict if there is no reasonable doubt, acquittal in these cases is a near certainty. Moreover, the decision to acquit comes from a jury of 12 people who were never given all of the evidence showing a serial pattern of rape. It stands to reason that they might come to a different result if they heard about the other victims.