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D.C. Ct. App. grants retrial for trial court’s impermissible curbs on the defendant’s cross examination

Feb 06, 2012 D.C. Ct. App. grants retrial for trial court’s impermissible curbs on the defendant’s cross examination

Trial courts generally should allow wide latitude for cross examination by criminal defendants. The D.C. Court of Appeals recently reversed a felony conviction where the trial judge impermissibly barred key cross examination questions by the defense into possible collusion by the police to cover up the real reason that a police officer got shot, to counter the claimed prosecution ground that a single bullet from the defendant’s gun hit both the cop and the defendant. Coles v. U.S., ___ A.2d ___ (D.C., Feb. 2, 2012).

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