CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the evidence was sufficient to support defendant’s conviction of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct?
Defendant was convicted of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct. Defendant appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he or his accomplice used force or coercion to accomplish penetration. Noting that the force or coercion used against the victim need not precede or be separate from the sexual penetration, the Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the evidence supported defendant’s conviction.
State v. Mullen, A20-0305, A20-0310, St. Louis County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.