Giles v. California

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-6053 Cal. S.Ct. Apr 22, 2008
Tr.Aud.
Jun 25, 2008 6-3 Scalia OT 2007

Holding: The California Supreme Court's theory of forfeiture by wrongdoing is not an exception to the Sixth Amendment's confrontation requirement because it was not an exception established at the founding.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on June 25, 2008. Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Supreme Court, except as to Part II-D-2. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Alito joined that opinion in full, and Justices Souter and Ginsburg joined as to all but Part II-D-2. Justice Thomas and Justice Alito filed concurring opinions. Justice Souter filed an opinion concurring in part, in which Justice Ginsburg joined. Justice Breyer filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Steven and Kennedy joined.

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