State v. Simmons

299 So. 2d 906 (1974)

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State v. Simmons

Louisiana Court of Appeal
299 So. 2d 906 (1974)

Facts

Michael Simmons (defendant) was a juvenile who was charged with delinquency for theft. At trial, the judge admitted into evidence a letter that a state probation officer wrote to the judge. The letter contained a report of the probation officer’s investigation and included statements that Simmons and witnesses to the alleged theft made to the probation officer. The letter also contained a report concerning a boy who appeared at the police station asking if the police were still looking for the two boys who were with Simmons when he committed theft. When the police told the boy that the probation officer might want to speak to him, the boy ran away. Simmons was adjudicated as being a delinquent and committed to the custody of the state. Simmons appealed, arguing that the court should not have admitted the letter into evidence because it contained hearsay.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Watson, J.)

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