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Bridges v. State

Supreme Court of Wisconsin
19 N.W.2d 529 (Wis. 1945)


Facts

Bridges (defendant) was charged with sexual abuse of a child. The incident occurred in a room in the house of the perpetrator and the main issue at trial was whether that house was Bridges’s house. The prosecution sought to introduce testimony of police and the victim’s mother detailing statements that the victim made to them during the investigation. The victim’s statements in question told details about the house where the incident occurred, including the exterior of the house and where the particular room was located within the house. The trial court admitted this testimony and Bridges was convicted. He appealed.

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