Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sex Crimes - Hearsay

On Tuesday, the Mississippi Court of Appeals decided Grant v. State  located here.  Grant was found guilty of sexual battery of a 14-year-old.  On appeal he argued that it was hearsay to admit statements made to medical providers that the girl identified him as her abuser because the identity was not necessary for treatment. The Court found that ” Grant’s identity was pertinent to Carter’s treatment of N.M., based on Carter’s concern regarding the potential for further inappropriate contact with Grant”  since Grant was a visitor to the child’s home.

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