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Case Name: PEOPLE of California v. C.W. STRITZINGER

Date, Location, Cite: 1983 CA
688 P.2d 738
CA Supreme Court

Defendant had sexual contact with 14 year old stepdaughter, agreed for self & daughter to see psychologist who then reported daughter's comments to Sheriff. Then reported Defendant's own session; testified of these at trial. Daughter was excused from trial due to mom saying she was too upset. Supreme Court said
  1. Defendant's sessions were privileged &
  2. Required medical testimony to say daughter was unable to testify.