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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Crawford v. Washington
Citation:541 U.S. 36 (2004)
Crawford (Petitioner) was convicted in Washington state court of stabbing a man who allegedly tried to rape his wife. At trial, the State played for the jury his wife’s tape-recorded statement to the police describing the stabbing, even though he had no opportunity for cross-examination. The wife was unavailable to testify due to marital privilege. The Washington Supreme Court upheld the conviction after concluding that the wife’s statement was reliable.
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