State v. Maxon
Supreme Court of Washington
756 P.2d 1297 (Wash. 1988)
Eric Maxon (defendant) was charged with murder. The prosecution took the depositions of Maxon’s parents, but the parents refused to testify regarding communications Maxon allegedly had with them about the murder. The parents asserted a parent-child confidential communications privilege based on their right to privacy, common law, and public policy grounds. The prosecution filed a motion to compel testimony. The trial court granted the motion. The parents continued to refuse to testify so the trial court held them in contempt. The parents appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Andersen, J.)
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