State v. St. Christopher
Minnesota Supreme Court
232 N.W.2d 798 (1975)
Daniel St. Christopher (defendant) offered to pay his cousin, Roger Zobel, $125,000 over a period of years if Zobel helped him kill his mother. Zobel told St. Christopher he would help, but in reality he had no desire to assist his cousin. Instead, Zobel immediately contacted the police and informed them of St. Christopher’s plan. The police instructed Zobel to feign agreement and to continue working with St. Christopher. St. Christopher’s plan was to lure his father away from the house so that Zobel could commit the murder. Shortly after St. Christopher put the plan into motion, police arrested him and charged him with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. St. Christopher was convicted and he appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in not granting a judgment of acquittal on the conspiracy charge because the only party with whom he allegedly conspired never intended to actually aid him in committing the offense. St. Christopher appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rogosheske, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.