The Supreme Court’s 2004 ruling in Crawford v. Washington continues to affect how prosecutors handle many cases, as it places significant limitations on the admissibility of testimonial evidence. Crawford’s impact is especially acute in domestic violence cases where the victim is unavailable to testify. In this thirty minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will summarize the Crawford decision and how it changed the admissibility of testimonial evidence, review the core concepts of hearsay and hearsay exceptions as they relate to the confrontation clause, and discuss the current Crawford analysis for excited utterances. This webinar was adapted from MDAA’s Crawford sum and substance in 2011.
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