CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the jury instruction provided by the court on “reckless” was erroneous?
Defendant was convicted of the felony threats of violence. He appealed. On appeal, he argued that the trial erred in its jury instruction on the “reckless” element. Noting that the the strength of the State’s evidence of a purposeful threat made it unlikely that the jury rested its verdict on the alternative means of committing the offense by a reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not plainly err in its instruction on the definition of the element “reckless.” Affirmed.
State v. Crockett, A20-0849, Dakota County.
Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.