State v. Sauter case brief summary
585 P.2d 242 (1978)
Defendant sought review of a judgment
of the Superior Court of Maricopa County (Arizona), which convicted
him of voluntary manslaughter.
CASE FACTS The evidence showed that defendant,
while intoxicated and during the course of an altercation, stabbed
the victim. The victim was taken to the emergency room of a hospital
and operated upon, but he continued to lose large amounts of blood
after surgery. An autopsy revealed that the victim died from the loss
of blood, principally through a one-inch, unrepaired laceration in
the abdominal aorta. Defendant's position was that he was guilty of
assault rather than homicide because of the intervening malpractice
of the surgeon who did not discover the laceration in the victim's
aorta, and he urged that error occurred when the trial court refused
to allow evidence of the surgeon's failure to discover the wound to
the victim's aorta.
The court held that:
(1) where one unlawfully
inflicted a wound upon another calculated to endanger his life, it
was no defense to a charge of murder to show that the wounded person
might have recovered if the wound had been more skillfully treated;
(2) the intervention of the medical malpractice constituted a defense
only if the death was attributable to the medical malpractice and not
induced at all by the original wound; and
(3) such was not the case
The court affirmed defendant's conviction. Recommended Supplements for Criminal Law
I have often tried to make the cases available as links in case you are a student without a textbook.
All the information on this site is constantly updated and edited. Furthermore, if you have any outlines you want to share, so that others, free of charge, may benefit, please send those to be posted here. Likewise, if you have case briefs you would like to share, please send them to [email protected].
Please keep in mind that this site makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the cases listed here or the current status of law. These cases are derived from class notes and laws change over time. If you have any questions about these materials, or any other legal questions, you should consult an attorney who is a member of the bar of the state you reside in.