CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the trial court did not violated defendant’s right to a public trial during COVID restrictions?
Defendant was convicted of fleeing a peace office in a motor vehicle, driving while impaired (DWI), test refusal, and fourth degree assault of a peace officer. Defendant appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that, inter alia, the COVID pandemic did not provide adequate grounds to close the courtroom to in person observation by the public, and, that the failure to allow in person observation resulted in a structural error requiring reversal. The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the trail court’s findings supported its restriction on the public’s in person access to defendant’s trial. Affirmed.
State v. Hunter, A21-0562, Beltrami County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.