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Confidential and Privileged Communications - Part 2

A Texas court ruled that the clergy-penitent privilege did not apply to statements made by a murder suspect to a police officer who also served as the youth director at the suspect's church.

Key pointThe Clergy-Penitent Privilege In order for the clergy-penitent privilege to apply there must be a communication that is made to a minister.
Key pointThe Clergy-Penitent Privilege In order for the clergy-penitent privilege to apply there must be a communication that is made to a minister acting in a professional capacity as a spiritual adviser.

A Texas court ruled that the clergy-penitent privilege did not apply to statements made by a murder suspect to a police officer who also served as the youth director at the suspect's church. A man ("Clayton") was convicted of capital murder for killing a woman in the course of a burglary by striking her multiple times in the head. Shortly after the murder, a police sergeant ("John") and a detective drove to Clayton's home to speak with him about the incident. In addition to being employed as a police officer, John was a youth director ...

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  • July 2, 2001

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