Saturday, June 28, 2008

Animal Cruelty case dismissed on confrontation clause grounds

The EvidenceProf Blog discusses the recent dismissal of charges against a Florida man who convicted of animal cruelty after allegedly throwing his son's black Labrador puppy, Nikita, off of a fifth-floor balcony, killing the 8-week old puppy on impact. The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the man's conviction because evidence against the man included statements by his son, who did not testify at trial. The prosecutors dismissed the case after it was remanded for a new trial, apparently recognizing that they would not be able to secure the son's testimony. More here from

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