Criminal / Sexual Conduct Crime

Case Title: State v. Blackwell

Charges: Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree, Kidnapping

Jurisdiction: St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Case Results: ACQUITTAL

Case Summary: Dr. Blackwell, a physicist, was charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree, two counts of Kidnapping, Assault 2nd Degree – Dangerous Weapon and Domestic Assault by Strangulation involving his wife.  During a disagreement between Dr. Blackewll and his wife, a physical altercation ensued.  Mr. Whitlock successfully convinced the jury Dr. Blackwell acted in self-defense.  Dr. Blackwell was acquitted on all six counts.  With no prior criminal record, Dr. Blackwell was facing a mandatory minimum of 144 months (12 years) in prison but had the potential to face more time based on the alleged use of a dangerous weapon and claimed injuries to the now discredited alleged victim.  We pray Dr. Blackwell is able to restore his life and continue his career as an engineer, physics professor and mentor.