§8.85 The Davis “Emergency Exception”

C. Mueller, L. Kirkpatrick, & L. Richter, Evidence §8.85 (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018)

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-73

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-73

4 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2018

See all articles by Christopher B. Mueller

Christopher B. Mueller

University of Colorado Law School

Laird C. Kirkpatrick

George Washington University - Law School

Liesa Richter

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This article addresses the “emergency exception” to the Crawford doctrine which allows out-of-court statements to be admitted against a criminal defendant when the “primary purpose” of making such statements was to enable a response to an “ongoing emergency.” It discusses the facts of Davis v. Washington which created the exception and subsequent cases determining the scope of the exception, including the Bryant and Clark cases.

Keywords: Davis, Crawford, testimonial hearsay, emergency exception, right of confrontation, confrontation clause, Bryant, Clark

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Christopher B. and Kirkpatrick, Laird C. and Richter, Liesa, §8.85 The Davis “Emergency Exception” (2018). C. Mueller, L. Kirkpatrick, & L. Richter, Evidence §8.85 (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018); GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-73; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-73. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3277084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3277084

Christopher B. Mueller

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
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Laird C. Kirkpatrick (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Liesa Richter

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
United States

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