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Crawford v. Washington
Citation:541 U.S. 36 (2004)
An individual was stabbed at his apartment. The defendant was arrested. The police then questioned the defendant and his wife. The defendant eventually confessed that he and his wife had gone to search for the victim because the victim had tried to rape his wife. The defendant claimed that the couple went to the victims house and a fight ensued. The defendant’s wife generally corroborated the defendant’s story but there were some inconsistencies. The questioning of the wife was recorded.
The defendant was charged and prosecuted with assault and attempted murder. The defendant claimed self-defense. The wife did not testify. The prosecution sought to introduce the wife’s recorded statement at trial. The defendant claimed that the recordings violated the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment. The trial court admitted the recordings. The defendant was convicted.
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