In one of the latest criminal law opinions by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, it carves out an exception to the spousal-communication privilege, codified at 42 Pa.C.S. Sec. 5014, holding that the privilege must yield to child abuse prosecutions.  To read the case, Commonwealth v. Hunter, — A.3d —- (2013), 2013 WL 150779, click here.  No petition for allowance of appeal has been filed.

Philadelphia criminal lawyers need to keep this new exception in mind when litigating cases of alleged child abuse to provide the best defense to their clients.