Updates and discussions of the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wilder v. Commonwealth (911 Tape- Hearsay - Confrontation Clause)
In this case, The Virginia Court of Appeals rules that 911 tapes should not be allowed into evidence unless the person making the statement is facing an on going emergency. The basis for the holding is the admission of the tape would violate the defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confront the witness.