Corona and Crawford

…no, not THAT kind of Corona.  But since you’re here, you might as well read on.

On June 9, 2011, the Florida Supreme Court issued an important ruling on a defendant’s 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause protections.  The case is Corona v. State (SC06-1054) and the full opinion can be read here.

This case is important for three reasons:

1.  It holds that a discovery deposition is not the equivalent of a prior opportunity for cross-examination.

2.  It gives some guidance on how to properly preserve a Crawford issue or objection.

3.  It has a good analysis on the corpus delicti rule.

If any of these three points are of interest, check out the opinion.

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