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State v. Taylor
Citation:598 N.E.2d 693 (N.Y. 1992)
Two weeks following a reported rape, a woman’s neighbor saw a man knocking on the victim’s door & using a name which the victim had used to identify the suspected rapist. The neighbor watched as the man left the door & called the police. During the phone conversation, the detective wrote down the reported license plate, and was able to identify Taylor based on the information.
During trial, the handwritten note was offered as substantive evidence, despite the detective’s inability to verify or specifically recall writing the note.
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