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Title Evidentiary Rules When Interference With Witness
Status House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments (03/14/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/13/2020
Description

Under an opinion of the Colorado supreme court, if a party to a
criminal case wrongfully procures the unavailability of a witness,
evidence that the witness may have been able to offer is still inadmissible
if it constitutes hearsay evidence. The bill provides that such a party
forfeits the right to object to the admissibility of evidence of the witness
based on hearsay and that such evidence is admissible.

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