State v. Cotton
Court of Appeals of New Mexico
790 P.2d 1050 (1990)
In 1987, Cotton (defendant) was charged with the crime of engaging in sexual conduct with his step-daughter. While in prison, Cotton wrote two letters to his wife, telling her to convince his step-daughter not to testify against him. He instructed his wife to offer his step-daughter money to leave the state and to tell her that testifying would likely place the step-daughter in the news. Unknown to Cotton, his cellmate intercepted the first letter and turned it over to the authorities. He never mailed the second letter. Cotton was charged with two counts of criminal solicitation and convicted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Donnelly, J.)
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