Forfeiture after Giles: The Relevance of 'Domestic Violence Context'

21 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2008 Last revised: 23 Sep 2009

Date Written: August 6, 2009


This contribution to Lewis and Clark's symposium issue on California v. Giles contemplates the future of domestic violence prosecution in a period of uncertainty. Giles, the United States Supreme Court’s most recent pronouncement impacting the prosecution of domestic violence, has exposed deep judicial ambivalence about the newly transformed Confrontation Clause. This Article endeavors to guide lower courts in the task of implementation and to chart a course for the evolution of prosecutorial treatment of battering, concluding that Giles represents a significant opportunity for those concerned about the constraints Crawford v. Washington and Davis v. Washington had seemed to place on the prosecution of abuse. For the first time, the Court has identified "the domestic violence context" as a relevant construct, thereby compelling lower courts to grapple with the particularities of violence between intimates. This is a remarkable shift in relatively short order, and it allows us to glimpse the possibility of a jurisprudence informed by the realities of battering.

Keywords: confrontation, Giles, domestic violence, prosecution

Suggested Citation

Tuerkheimer, Deborah, Forfeiture after Giles: The Relevance of 'Domestic Violence Context' (August 6, 2009). Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 13, p. 711, 2009, Available at SSRN:

Deborah Tuerkheimer (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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