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Since the United States Supreme Court's decision in Crawford v. Washington, and even more so after its ruling in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, interest has been growing in the use of remote testimony as a method to satisfy the Confrontation Clause when a witness cannot be present at trial. Almost all recent proposals for implementation of remote testimony have called for remote two-way testimony. This bulletin discusses the viability of such a technique and alternatives to it.
UNC law professor, Barry Nakell, has been prevented from representing Eddie Hatcher as his lawyer. Nakell is a civil rights attorney and was selected by Hatcher to represent his case. A series of actions by state officials and judges has prevented this. Nakell has been accused of pursuing a “frivolous” lawsuit on behalf of Hatcher and thrown out of a court room where he was not allowed to speak on behalf of his client. Hatcher has been forced to represent himself as a result. Nakell and other civil rights lawyers involved in the case see this as a conspiracy to deny Hatcher of his chosen legal team.
Erick Daniels was sent to prison based on the shape of his eyebrows. Daniels is serving a ten year sentence for allegedly robbing Ruth Brown using a firearm. Daniels has maintained his innocence and there is much evidence to support his claims and more than enough evidence to constitute reasonable doubt. The questionable handling and investigation of Daniels case is detailed, along with interviews by Daniels, his mother, lawyers, and others familiar with the case.