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Supreme Court holds Crawford inapplicable to collateral proceedings

Mar 02, 2007 Supreme Court holds Crawford inapplicable to collateral proceedings

Supreme Court. (Image from Supreme Court’s website).

On February 28, 2007, the Supreme Court unanimously held that its phenomenal decision in Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004) is inapplicable to habeas corpus and other collateral proceedings involving trials that preceded the Crawford decision. Whorton v. Bockting ___ U.S. ___ (2007).

When I argue Crawford to trial judges, some of them seem to prefer the old pre-Crawford days. Fortunately, Crawford is a train moving full-speed ahead to bar testimonial hearsay from criminal trials. Jon Katz.

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