Attorney Michael J. Confusione has persuaded the Supreme Court to vacate a murder conviction because of improper limitation on the cross-examination of a key State witness at trial, and violation of the defendant’s constitutional right to confront the witnesses against him. Speaking for a unanimous Court in State v. David Bass, Justice Patterson agreed that the trial court violated defendant’s confrontation rights by precluding defendant from cross-examining the surviving victim and primary State witness about charges lodged against himself, and that the trial court further infringed defendant’s confrontation right by permitting an assistant medical examiner to relay out-of-court autopsy findings made by another, non-testifying examiner. These errors mandated vacation of the defendant’s murder conviction and remand for a new trial, the Court held.
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