Capitol City Law Group Moves Appeal to Minnesota Supreme Court

On May 3, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court Capitol City Law Group, LLC defended the victory it won in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which protected patient privacy from criminal prosecutions. How the Minnesota Supreme Court decides this case will have a significant impact on patient privacy rights.

The case begins when client J.E. – name hidden to protect identity as the case is still ongoing – has a session with his unlicensed therapist. During this confidential session, J.E. opened up to his therapist, sharing his deepest and most-troubling thoughts in search of answers and guidance, which is the entire point of going to therapy. Apparently alarmed by what she heard, the therapist shared his concerns with the Ramsey County prosecutors, who then arrest and charge J.E. for terroristic threats, a felony.

J.E. retained Capitol City Law Group, LLC and our St. Paul criminal defense attorneys to represent him at the resulting criminal trial. Unfortunately, the result was a conviction, despite the only evidence being what he speculated while talking to his therapist. However, due to the vigilance and intelligent case construction of our lawyers, the trial was successfully appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and then to the Minnesota Supreme Court. After reviewing the proceedings and our casework, the conviction is overturned.

A Second Trial and a Second Round of Appeals

Upset by the actions of his therapist, which seemed to directly violate doctor-patient confidentiality agreements and standards, J.E. decided to sue his therapist. He is faced with unfortunate odds and the trial court denies him a victory. Undeterred and confident that Capitol City Law Group can help him once again, he rehires us to appeal this court’s decision. The Minnesota Court of Appeals sees things our way, in no small thanks to the persuasive and knowledgeable arguments put forth by our dedicated team, and reverses the district court’s dismissal. The matter is now before the highest court in the state of Minnesota.

Here is a link to the video of the oral argument:

For the latest updates on this ongoing case, be sure to return to our blog regularly. If you need the help of our St. Paul criminal defense lawyers for a case of your own, call 651.419.3615 for a free case evaluation.


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