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Tag Archives: cross-examination

Mo. high court considers whether Zoom testimony is ‘face-to-face’ confrontation (access required)

The Missouri Supreme Court heard a case on Sept. 15 that could determine if a witness’ Zoom testimony violated the defendant’s rights to face-to-face confrontation and cross-examination. Fourteen law professors submitted an amicus brief out of concern for what this ...

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Appeals court overturns child sex abuse conviction (access required)

A Maryland appeals court has overturned the conviction and 41-year prison sentence of a man accused of sexually abusing a pre-teen neighbor, saying he was denied his constitutional right to adequately cross examine the boy at trial and that the judge’s instruction to the jury improperly presumed a crime had been committed.

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JAMES CROSSLEY v. STATE OF MARYLAND (access required)

1. Did the trial court commit reversible error in denying Appellant’s motion to suppress an out-of-court identification based on an improperly suggestive photo array? 2. Did the trial court violate Appellant’s Confrontation Clause rights when, during cross-examination, it denied Appellant a full and fair opportunity to explore the issue of bias?

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PHILLIP HERRELL v. STATE of MARYLAND

Appealing his first-degree murder conviction, appellant asks: I. Whether the trial court erred or abused its discretion in admitting evidence regarding the extent of appellant’s gang involvement. II. Whether the trial court abused its discretion by limiting the defense’s cross-examination of a prosecution witness.

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