Sunday, December 04, 2011

Anticipating the Williams argument

Williams v. Illinois will be argued on Tuesday. Here is a link to a piece on it by Erwin Chemerinsky, and here is a link to an Op Ed piece in the New York Times by Jeff Fisher. I think Chemerinsky accepts too readily prosecutors’ predictions of difficulties that would be created by a win for Williams, and he fails to take into account the fact that numerous states have long operated without undue difficulty under the regime that Williams seeks to establish as a matter of constitutional law.

This week, SCOTUSblog is featuring discussion of various topics related to the Confrontation Clause. (I’ll be contributing something Wednesday on whether the testimonial approach to confrontation is correct and preferable to the “indicia of reliability” approach of Roberts. I think I’ll answer in the affirmative.)

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