CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the improper testimony of expert witness did not likely play a substantial part in influencing the jury to convict?
Defendant was convicted of 3rd degree felony assault in the County of Ramsey, State of Minnesota. Defendant appealed. Defendant contended that the State committed prejudicial error by failing to prepare an expert witness to testify consistently with the trial court’s in limine order. The Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed that the expert’s example about an infant being dropped violated the pretrial order. However, it concluded that the error did not likely play a substantial part in influencing the jury to convict, given other strong evidence. Affirmed.
State v. Beamon, A19-1092, Ramsey County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.