20 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 22, 2012
This article comprises a four-part debate between Paul Rothstein, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center, and Ronald J. Coleman, who works in the litigation practice group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, on Williams v. Illinois, a Supreme Court case that involves the Confrontation Clause, which entitles a criminal defendant to confront an accusing witness in court. The issue at hand is whether said clause is infringed when a report not introduced into evidence at trial is used by an expert to testify about the results of testing that has been conducted by a non-testifying third party.
The debate, originally published on Public Square.net, includes the following parts:
Keywords: Confrontation Clause, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Expert Testimony, Supreme Court
JEL Classification: K14, K40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Coleman, Ronald J. and Rothstein, Paul F., Williams v. Illinois and the Confrontation Clause: Does Testimony by a Surrogate Witness Violate the Confrontation Clause? (January 22, 2012). Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1982673