Witness tampering

Whether there was sufficient evidence to prove domestic assault and witness tampering?

Defendant was convicted of domestic assault by a habitual offender and of witness tampering.  On appeal, defendant argued that the government failed to present evidence sufficient to prove each element of both offenses.

Where the victim’s injuries could allow a reasonable jury to find that defendant did or intended to cause bodily harm and where defendant expressly asked the victim not to appear at trial, the government presented sufficient evidence to convict defendant on both counts.  Judgment is affirmed.

United State v. Oka, 18-2315, appealed from the District of South Dakota, per curiam.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

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