Monthly Archives: October 2011

No Marital Privilege for Husband Charged with Disorderly Conduct

In State v. Thomas Allen Zais, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that marital testimonial privilege does not apply in disorderly conduct cases. Minnesota law has a marital privilege statute which provides that a spouse cannot testify against his or her spouse or be examined about a communication made by one spouse to the other during …

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Suppression of statements in 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Case Upheld

In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s order suppressing two interviews in a criminal sexual conduct case involving a minor on the basis that the interviews were conducted in violation of Minnesota state law and were unreliable hearsay. State v. William Franklin Wanner. On December 31, 2009, William Wanner was …

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