NACDL - Davis v. Washington

Davis v. Washington

Amicus curiae brief of the NACDL, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Brief filed: 12/22/2005

Documents

Davis v. Washington

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 05-5224

Argument

Alleged victim's “excited” statements to a 911 operator naming her assailant constituted "testimonial" statements subject to the Confrontation Clause restrictions enunciated in Crawford v. Washington,541 U.S. 36 (2004); amici urge the Court to adopt a “bright line” rule requiring confrontation at trial for all accusatory statements made to 911 operators, who act as agents of the police when interviewing callers. See also Hammon v. Indiana, No. 05-5705 (“excited utterance” to responding officer).

Author(s)

Timothy P. O'Toole, et al.