CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the trial court erred in admitting relationship evidence?
Defendant challenged his convictions of violation of an order for protection and threats of violence. Defendant sought reversal of his convictions and a new trial, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion by admitting relationship evidence under Minn. Stat. §634.20. Because the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting the evidence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that evidence that defendant had previously entered the victim’s home without her permission and assaulted her assisted the jury in putting the charged offenses into context and in judging the credibility of the witnesses, and thus the trial court did not abuse tits discretion in admitting it. Affirmed.
State v. Sovde, A21-0127, Beltrami County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.