Kentucky Court Rules Against Marital Evidentiary Privilege for Vermont Civil Union Partners

A Kentucky judge denied a motion by a lesbian murder defendant to invoke the spousal privilege to present her Vermont civil union partner from testifying at the trial.  Ruling on September 23, Jefferson Circuit Judge Susan Schultz Gibson held that because a Vermont civil union is not a marriage, Kentucky’s marital testimonial privilege does not apply.

Bobbie Jo Clary and Geneva Case were united in a civil union in Vermont in 2004, and later came … <Read More>