Evidence keyed to Waltz
Prink v. Rockefeller Center Inc
Robert Prink (“Mr. Prink”) was found dead on March 1, 1976 after falling from the 36th floor of his office building. The window to his office was open, but no one witnessed his death. His death certificate noted that decedent had reported being depressed to his psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Doyle (“Dr. Doyle”). The plaintiff, filed suit against the defendants. The plaintiff claimed negligence in the design and installation of the window. She claimed the decedent had to kneel on the desk to open the window because it was jammed, and he must have lost his balance and fallen when he attempted to open it. The defendants sought to compel the plaintiff to testify regarding the conversations she had with her husband’s psychiatrist after his death. The trial court ordered the plaintiff to testify. The Appellate Division affirmed, and certified the question to the New York Court of Appeals.
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