CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the trial court erred in failing to conduct an In Camera Paradee review?
Defendant was convicted of criminal sexual conduct. He brought a motion for postconviction relief. The trial court denied same. Defendant appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that the postconviction court abused its discretion by rejecting his request for In Camera Review of the victim’s counseling and social service records. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the postconviction court abused its discretion in denying defendant’s motion for in Camera Review of the alleged victim’s records on the grounds that defendant’s affidavit relaying the information he learned from the victim’s mother about the prior allegations provided enough information to make a plausible showing that the records he sought could contain material and favorable evidence. Reversed and remanded.
Groves v. State, A21-0474, Mille Lacs County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.