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Pro Bono Appellate Victory: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Victim Privacy Rights

August 21, 2020

A Maslon pro bono appellate team led by Erica Holzer, with contributions from Melissa Muro LaMere and Jeremy Krahn, helped obtain a significant victory before the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of their pro bono client, the Battered Women's Justice Project, along with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Standpoint, as amici curiae. The appeal, In re B.H., involved a victim in an alleged criminal sexual assault case who appealed a district court order compelling her to disclose her cell phone data directly to a defense-hired expert.

The Maslon team advanced several policy arguments regarding the importance of protecting victim privacy interests. On August 17, 2020, in a unanimous opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision and set a standard for future cases that better protects the privacy rights of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Read the Minnesota Supreme Court Opinion.

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