The outcomes of thousands of criminal cases hang in the balance while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to clarify when out-of-court accusations may be used in lieu of in-court testimony without violating defendants' Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses. Two petitions for certiorari on the issue are listed for action at the Court's private conference Friday. And many say the time is ripe for the Court to fill in the blanks it intentionally let stay in Crawford v. Washington.
All Eyes Are on High Court Over 'Crawford' Issues
The National Law Journal
October 27, 2005