Section Newsletter Articles on Hearsay
Governmental involvement necessary for statement to be considered testimonial hearsay
, April 2013
The Illinois Appellate Court, in People v. Richter, held that governmental involvement is required for a statement to be considered testimonial hearsay. Given that defendant’s statements were not made to government officials, and that there was no governmental involvement in the creation of the statements, the statements did not constitute testimonial hearsay. Thus, the hearsay evidence was admissible at his trial.
Hearsay in Administrative Hearings—Follow Up
, July 2006
This is a follow up to an article which appeared in the April 2006 edition of this newsletter titled “The Use of Hearsay in Contested Cases: To be or not to be?”
The use of hearsay in contested cases: To be or not to be?
, April 2006
A recent ruling by a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County raised the question of the extent to which police reports—and other documents which can be considered hearsay—can by relied upon as evidence in contested cases before administrative agencies.
State of mind
Civil Practice and Procedure
, September 2005
A perplexing evidentiary concept is that of a person's state of mind. Hearsay evidence is testimony given in court, either orally or in writing, of a statement made out of court offered to show the truth of the matter asserted in that statement.
Crawford cancels hearsay exception for minor witnesses
, April 2005
Accusatory statements by minor-witnesses made out of court may not be admitted as an exception to hearsay, and the statutory provision which authorized this practice is unconstitutional.