Spreigl Evidence


Defendant challenged his second degree murder conviction, arguing that he was entitled to a new trial because the trial court prejudicially erred when the trial judge reconsidered the retrial judge's Spreigl ruling.  Defendant asserted there were no extraordinary circumstances to justify reconsideration.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that it did not need to consider whether there were extraordinary circumstances to justify reconsideration of the pretrial judge's Spreigl ruling because any procedural error made did not unfairly prejudice defendant, as defendant's brandishing a firearm incident was properly admitted as Spreigl evidence.  Affirmed.

State v. Abdi, A17-0235, Hennepin County.

Lynne Torgerson, Esq. was not attorney of record in this case.

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