Whether defendant’s confession, without corroboration, is insufficient to sustain a conviction?    

Section 634.03 of the Minnesota Statutes requires a defendant’s confession to be corroborated by independent evidence reasonably tending to prove that the specific offense charged has been committed.  Herein, defendant was convicted of 5 counts of criminal sexual conduct; one of which was exclusively based upon his confession.  The Minnesota Supreme Court held that because the State failed to introduce evidence independent of defendant’s confession that reasonably tended to prove that one specific incident of criminal sexual conduct, that conviction must be reversed because his confession to it was  not sufficiently corroborated.

State v. Holl, A19-1464, Minnesota Supreme Court.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

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