Crawford v. Washington

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An important line of New Jersey cases has also arisen as a result of the United State Supreme Court decision in a matter entitled Crawford v. Washington.

The Crawford case requires the State of New Jersey to produce witnesses to prove “testimonial” aspects of criminal prosecutions, so that a Defendant’s sixth Amendment right to the confrontation can be exercised.

This decision recognizes that documents presented by the State to provide elements of its case, cannot be admitted into evidence if challenged, as documents cannot be cross- examined by their very nature.