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Why is it important for an accused person to be able to see the witnesses against him in court?

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2008-06-24 19:13:21

It is a constitutional right to confront one's accuser(s). The

intent is to prevent anonymous and fraudulent accusations which the

defendant cannot challenge. This leads to the "hearsay" rule.

Hearsay is rarely allowed in court. I say "rarely" because there

are some exceptions (at least, in Texas). The problem with hearsay

is that it cannot be challenged, thus violating the right to

confront one's accuser.

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