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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Another Random Marriage Law

I was reading about the Aaron Hernandez case and saw this tidbit:
By law, Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, who is also the mother of his 7-month-old daughter, would not have to testify against the former Patriots tight end if they were married. Prosecutors said last week that investigators had been speaking with Jenkins until she received a telephone call from Hernandez telling her to stop talking to authorities.
As previously stated, many of the the laws/benefits of marriage make no sense to me.

While this may make sense because a spouse would know intimate details about an accused person, why should they get that benefit?
To build a strong case, wouldn't the opposition want access to that intimate knowledge? If they are withholding information, shouldn't they be charged with obstruction?
A trustworthy spouse seems like the perfect cover for any criminal...

Any lawyers out there (Alejandro) know the reasoning for this?

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