Antonin Scalia Was a Great Jurist for Criminal Defendants
February 16, 2016

Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a Justice Roundtable, writes on about Justice Scalia’s personal and legal perspectives, philosophies.

“Scalia is rightly credited with single-handedly reviving the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” Before Scalia joined the Court, it had held that out-of-court statements could be used against a defendant if they were deemed reliable. Scalia convinced his colleagues that the guarantee made by the Framers is greater than that and gives the accused the right to confront witnesses and cross-examine their testimony. ”
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