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Alger v. California

Petition for certiorari denied on October 6, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1102 Cal. Ct. App. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2014

Issue: (1) Whether petitioner’s Confrontation Clause rights were violated when the state failed to call an available medical expert who had not previously been cross-examined to testify in a murder trial and instead called a medical examiner as a percipient scientific witness who was not involved in the autopsy and entered the autopsy report into evidence where the main issue in the case is manner of death; (2) whether, when an autopsy report is entered into evidence and the person who drafted the report is available, but not called and was not previously cross-examined, the autopsy is testimonial and its admission into evidence therefore violates petitioner's Confrontation Clause rights; (3) whether the trial court erred in using the standard under People v. Marsden to decide whether petitioner could replace his public defender with privately retained counsel.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 11 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 14, 2014)
Apr 11 2014Waiver of right of respondent California to respond filed.
Apr 29 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 15, 2014.
May 9 2014Response Requested . (Due June 9, 2014)
Jun 6 2014Brief of respondent California in opposition filed.
Jun 16 2014Reply of petitioner Jared Thomas Alger filed.
Jun 25 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
Oct 6 2014Petition DENIED.