Watkins, MN asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Criminal Law for Minnesota

Q: I was recently terminated from a court ordered group class for a breach in their confidentiality agreement.

Like I said above, however we are acquaintances outside of the program and we live in a small town so word gets around quickly. I shared some info with a third party person about somebody in group told me, however the information was shared with me over a private conversation while we were sharing dinner, and the rumor that got back to said individual from group wasn’t even exactly what I had said. How can I be at fault for a rumor getting back to somebody like that? It sounds like heresay to me, and I had almost completed the 26 week class. I would like to make an appeal or something of the sort. Thanks!

1 Lawyer Answer
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: In the context of successful completion of programming as a condition of probation (conditionally stayed jail or prison time), it not likely a judge will want to get into the details of why a probationer was kicked out of a program. I am skeptical that would be a fruitful approach. Rather, it may make sense to discuss the situation with the Probation Officer and see if there is an alternative that serve the requirements of the court. If so, exercise greater discretion in the next program.

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