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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

US Supreme Court ruled dying victim's statement admissible at trial
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On February 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that the preliminary inquiries of a wounded citizen regarding the circumstances of his shooting are to be considered non-testimonial evidence and admissible in court. The Court reversed the decision of the Michigan Supreme Court in Michigan v. Bryant, which had ruled the statements of Anthony Covington were hearsay evidence and violated the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment. The Court heard another case in December 2011 concerning whether the Confrontation Clause bars the admissibility of lab tests which are completed at a private lab when no officials from the facility testify at trial.

Learn more about recent confrontation clause jurisprudence and the laws regarding evidence from the JURIST news archive.

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