US Supreme Court Reverses Murder Conviction

By: Wallin & Klarich

Today, the US Supreme Court reversed a murder conviction and ruled the introduction of the victim’s prior reports of domestic violence to the police violated the defendant’s right to confront and cross-examine his accusers. The prosecutor in the case of Giles v. California introduced a police officer’s report wherein the victim said the defendant threatened to kill her on a prior occasion. In a 6-3 ruling, the US Supreme Court stated the 6th Amendment provides that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him. The court declined to approve an exception to the Confrontation Clause.

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