Brief filed: 12/23/2005
Hammon v. Indiana
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 05-5705
Alleged domestic disturbance victim’s oral accusation made to an investigating officer at the scene of an alleged crime was a testimonial statement within the meaning of Crawford v. Washington,541 U.S. 36 (2004) where accuser did not testify at trial and was not subject to cross-examination; amici urge the Court to adopt a “bright line” rule that “testimonial” statements made to police and government agents require confrontation at trial. See also Davis v. Washington, No. 05-5224 (statements made during 911 call erroneously admitted at trial under “excited utterance” hearsay exception).
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