People v. Arredondo – Confrontation Clause

People v. Arredondo, California Supreme Court, December 16, 2019

Summary: An adult witness began crying on the stand, so the court positioned a computer monitor between her and the defendant.  This violated the defendant’s Confrontation rights.  The court explained, “To find that an accommodation was constitutionally permissible merely because F.R. — a young adult — started crying the first time she entered the courtroom and the court took a short recess to allow her to compose herself, would give courts license to abridge the right of face-to-face confrontation almost any time a witness breaks down on the stand.”

Court Opinion: Download

Keywords: Confrontation, Limine, Accommodation, Cry

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