Brief filed: 07/26/2013
Heath v. United States
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 12-11003
Decision below 26 A.3d 266 (D.C. July 21, 2011).
The question presented is of great importance to criminal defendants. The ability to present evidence in one’s defense is a fundamental right accorded to criminal defendants by the Constitution. It is not merely a means of ensuring that trials are generally fair; rather, it stands alongside the right to confront witnesses and the right to counsel of one’s choosing as essential elements of a fair trial, the violation of which is necessarily unconstitutional. The defense’s ability to present favorable evidence is critical to our adversarial system. The question presented by this petition arises in a diverse range of circumstances during criminal proceedings and is frequently recurring, warranting the courts attention.
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