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Victim Statement Comes in Under ‘Forfeiture’ Rule (access required)

The 4th Circuit joins other courts and extends the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” exception to admission of a hearsay statement to include a statement made by the murder victim in this case, even though defendant did not commit the murder solely in order to prevent the witness from testifying. Defendant’s coconspirator shot at the victim, at defendant’s ...

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