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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Israel Romero v. State
Citation:173 S.W.3d 502 (Tex. 2005)
Romero was charged with aggravated assault. On the morning of the trial, one of the State’s key witnesses refused to testify out of fear that the defendant would retaliate against him and his family. The witness entered the courtroom wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, as well as a jacket with its collar turned up to obscure the lower half of his face. (At the time of the trial, Romero was already aware of the witness’s name and address.) The court overruled Romero’s objection to the witness’s disguise on the basis of his Sixth Amendment rights to confront witnesses and to a fair trial.
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