Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Kansas v. Ventris

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-1356 Kan. S.Ct. Jan 21, 2009
Apr 29, 2009 7-2 Scalia OT 2008

Issue: Whether prosecutors may use a defendant’s statement - made in the absence of a knowing and voluntary waiver of the right to counsel - to impeach a witness, as opposed to during its case-in-chief.

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Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on April 29, 2009.

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