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Admissibility of 911 calls

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On October 2, 2009, Maryland’s intermediate appellate court affirmed the admission of a 911 call, where the call was geared to obtain medical attention after the patient had been assaulted, and where the overall circumstances supported that the 911 caller was the person the police found at the hotel lobby referenced by the 911 caller. The court said that the 911 call was not testimonial evidence, thus removing it from the Sixth Amendment protections of Crawford and Melendez-Diaz. Clark v. Maryland, ___ Md. App. ___ (Oct. 2, 2009). Jon Katz