Abuse and the Court
The Supreme Court will decide whether 911 tapes can be used to prosecute spousal abuse defendents when the caller refuses to testify. According to a column in the NY Times, prosecutions have risen dramatically in places that have used 911 tapes. The authors of the Op-Ed argue that the Supreme Court should not define a 911 tape as a testimonial, thereby allowing it as evidence even without the caller's availability at trial for cross-examination. While I would want to applaud anything that helps punnish spouse abusers, I don't know if the law supports the decision the authors are calling for.