Idaho v. SurinerAnnotate this Case
Defendant Todd Sunrier is the father of twin girls who, in December 2008, were about three and one-half years old. One of the daughters mentioned to her aunt that Defendant had "hurt her 'business,'" a term she had been taught to use when referring to her vagina. Law enforcement was contacted; Defendant ultimately admitted that for a year he had been abusing both daughters. Defendant was then charged with two counts of lewd conduct. He pled not guilty and was tried before a jury. The jury found Defendant guilty, and he was sentenced to twenty-five years in the custody of the Idaho Board of Correction, with five years determinate and the remaining twenty indeterminate, concurrent sentences. Defendant appealed when the trial court declined to place him on probation. The appellate court reversed the conviction on the ground that there was no evidence corroborating Defendant's confessions as required by the corpus delicti rule. The State filed a petition for review which the Supreme Court granted. Upon review, the Supreme Court found the corroboration was sufficient and affirmed the judgment of conviction. The Court also overruled its prior decisions adopting the corpus delicti rule.