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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Michigan v. Bryant
Citation:562 U.S. 344 (2010)
Bryant (Respondent) was charged with second-degree murder after a man was shot in a gas station parking lot. The police asked him what had happened, who had shot him, and where the shooting had occurred. The victim stated that “Rick” shot him at around 3 a.m. He also indicated that he had a conversation with the defendant, whom he recognized based on his voice, through the back door of the defendant’s house. The victim then died and was unable to testify at trial. At trial, the victim’s statements to the police were introduced into evidence. Bryant was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder. The court of appeals reversed on the basis that the victim’s statements to the police violated the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment and were thus inadmissible at trial.
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