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Articles on Hearsay

What Research Shows About Hearsay Evidence

By Caroline Ackerman and Shawna Boothe
January
2015
Article
Page 36
It turns out that jurors are more skeptical of hearsay than many lawyers and judges think.

Hearsay allowed in murder trial under domestic violence exception

By Adam W. Lasker
January
2013
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Appellate Court ruled recently that hearsay evidence is admissible in a murder trial under a statutory exception for domestic violence prosecutions.

When Hearsay Testimony Is a Nonevent Under the Confrontation Clause

By Robert J. Steigmann
June
2008
Article
Page 304
An Illinois Appellate Court justice says that a witness who disavows his or her own hearsay statements is not "unavailable" as to those statements.

Admission of detective’s testimony did not violate the Confrontation Clause

February
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
On November 30, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County sentencing the defendant to 85 years for first degree murder and home invasion.

Davis v Washington Narrows the Scope of “Testimonial” Hearsay

By Howard W. Anderson III
October
2007
Article
Page 546
Prosecutors can't introduce "testimonial" hearsay unless the defendant had a chance to cross-examine the unavailable declarant. Davis tells us when a statement is not "testimonial."

Crawford, Breathalyzer Tests, and the Public-Records Hearsay Exception

By Hon. William J. Haddad
August
2005
Article
Page 412
May breathalyzer logbook entries still be introduced in Illinois under the public-records exception?

Crawford v Washington and the Limits on Admitting Hearsay in Criminal Trials

By John H. Gleason
August
2005
Article
Page 408
Crawford limits a judge's discretion to admit hearsay against criminal defendants. Here's a discussion of the case's impact and 
unanswered questions.

Correspondence from Our Readers

January
2002
Column
Page 6
Those clients from hell.

Allowing Child Victims’ Hearsay under Section 115-10: A Critical Analysis

By Hon. Robert W. Cook and William Siebers
November
2001
Article
Page 582
A critical look at the statute from a justice of the fourth district appellate court.

Expanded hearsay exception for victims of elder abuse ; P.A. 92-091

September
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
Gov. Ryan recently signed legislation expanding the hearsay exception for incapacitated seniors.

New hearsay exception for “safe zone testimony” ; P.A. 91-899

December
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 690
Under a recent change to the Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure, certain hearsay evidence will soon be admissible in some circumstances.

New hearsay exception created for statements made by deceased declarants; P.A. 91-363

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
Public Act 91-363 creates a new hearsay exception by adding section 115-10.4 to the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, 725 ILCS 5/100-1 et seq.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
January
2000
Column
Page 10
Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?

A Hospital “Shall” Disclose Blood Alcohol Concentration Test Results to Police; PA 91-125

September
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
If blood or urine tests to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs are ``conducted upon persons receiving medical treatment in a hospital emergency room for injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident,'' PA 91-125 mandates disclosure of the results to police upon request.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
September
1999
Column
Page 454
"Same part of the body'' rule update.

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