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Ohio v. Roberts

United States Supreme Court
448 U.S. 56 (1980)



Roberts (defendant) was charged with forgery of a check and possession of stolen credit cards belonging to the Isaacses. At the preliminary hearing, the Isaacses’ daughter, Anita, denied Roberts’s contention that she had given Roberts her parents’ checkbook and credit cards with the instruction that he could use them. Despite being subpoenaed, Anita did not show up at Roberts’s trial and her mother said Anita was traveling out of state and did not know Anita’s whereabouts. The prosecution sought to introduce into evidence a transcript of Anita’s testimony at the preliminary hearing. Roberts objected to the admission of the transcript on the basis of the Confrontation Clause. The trial court admitted the transcript and convicted Roberts. The Supreme Court of Ohio reversed, holding that admission of the transcript violated the Confrontation Clause. The prosecution appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J.)

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