Prof. Clary Quoted in Star Tribune Article on Spousal Privilege

Professor Brad Clary was interviewed for a Gail Rosenblum column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the subject of spousal privilege. The column explores the current attempts by lawyers in the defamation case against entertainer Bill Cosby to take deposition testimony from his wife. “In the real world, [the exact meaning of spousal privilege] does get messy,” said Prof. Clary. “But the theory is that the inner workings of the marriage, in terms of spouses being supportive of each other, hinges on the confidential nature of a communication during pillow talk. What people are out and about observing is much less sensitive. The needs of the court system outweigh that kind of protection."