Monday, March 20, 2006

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.