More California Supreme Court guidance on Sanchez hearsay issues: Veamatahau and Perez

More California Supreme Court guidance on Sanchez hearsay issues: Veamatahau and Perez

In late February 2020 the California Supreme Court handed us some important decisions about Sanchez hearsay issues and it can be very, very important to understand how this works at trial. To start, per People v. Sanchez ((2016) 63 Cal.4th 665), an expert can “relate to the jury background information that is technically hearsay, including general knowledge and ‘premises generally accepted in his field[,]’” but “cannot ‘relate as true...

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Can you lose your 6th Amendment right to Confrontation? People v. Merchant, 10/9/19

Can you lose your 6th Amendment right to Confrontation? People v. Merchant, 10/9/19

Can you lose your 6th Amendment Right to Confrontation? Usually a criminal Defendant “has a Sixth Amendment right ‘to be confronted with the witnesses against him.’” Meaning “[a] court may not admit a witness’s testimonial hearsay statements against a defendant unless the witness is unavailable and the defendant had a prior opportunity for cross-examination.” However, if Defendant is the reason the person...

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