Justices To Decide If Defendants Can Invite Barred Evidence

By Jack Queen (April 19, 2021, 11:33 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took up a case testing whether evidentiary rules can sometimes override a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to cross-examine witnesses in a criminal trial.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether defendants can create an opening for evidence that would normally be barred by the Sixth Amendment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The court agreed to hear the case of Darrell Hemphill, a New York man who was convicted of murder after prosecutors introduced statements from a non-testifying witness that would've otherwise been barred as testimonial hearsay, or out-of-court statements that would ordinarily require cross-examination....

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