Falsely reporting crime by a police officer
Defendant was convicted of falsely reporting that the police officer had committed the crimes of assault and sexual assault against her. On appeal, she argued that the trial court had erred by failing to specifically define "crime" or "criminal act" in the jury instructions. The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the general nature of assault crimes is well known to Minnesota citizens. It therefore held that the trial court did not commit error, plain or otherwise, in its jury instructions. Affirmed.
State v. Cerda, A19-0349, Olmsted County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.