Speaker: Professor Christian B. Sundquist, Albany Law School, Albany, NY

Since the Supreme Court’s landmark Crawford decision, the courts have struggled with the admissibility of hearsay and the issues of limiting instructions and the Confrontation Clause, particularly as they have arisen in the domestic violence and sexual assault context.  The traditional application of hearsay exceptions is therefore in flux, as demonstrated by the abundance of dissenting opinions in these cases, as courts consider 911 calls, excited utterances, medical records, and other situations in which hearsay arises, including the prompt outcry of rape.