CASE LAW UPDATE: Obstructing legal process is interpreted very broadly.
Police responded to a complaint that a man was threatening to kill someone. A police officer determined that no threat existed. After, the officer asked for the identification of a group of men. Defendant started yelling that no one needed to comply and refused to identify himself. Defendant was charged with obstructing legal process, and misdemeanor ordinance violations of disruptive intoxication, and yelling and screaming. Defendant moved to suppress the evidence obtained after the seizure. The trial court denied the motion and defendant was ultimately found guilty of obstructing legal process. Three years later, defendant filed a petition for post conviction relief, arguing the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that because there was reasonable, articulable suspicion that defendant violated the city ordinances, the denial of the motion to suppress was appropriate.
Turner v. State, A21-0777, Stearns County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.