Part I of this article discusses the profiles of batterers and victims as a predicate for analyzing applications of the spousal immunity privilege in Texas. Part II briefly explores the origin and nature of the spousal privileges. Part III examines the history of the spousal privilege and spousal crime exception in Texas, and the recent statutory change. Part IV discusses the application of similar exceptions in other states. Part V briefly explores the application of the spousal crime exception to the communications privilege. Finally, Part VI suggests how Texas courts should properly apply this new rule of evidence in domestic violence cases.
Malinda L. Seymore,
Against the Peace and Dignity of the State: Spousal Violence and Spousal Privilege,
Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/TWLR.V2.I2.1