The Supreme Court said today it would decide whether old cases are affected by a 2-year-old ruling that the Constitution guarantees a criminal defendant the right to confront his accusers, reports the Associated Press. At the time it decided Crawford v. Washington, the high court did not say if its ruling was retroactive. Many convicts have filed appeals arguing that like Michael Crawford, their Sixth Amendment constitutional rights were violated.
The high court voided Crawford’s conviction for assaulting an acquaintance he had accused of trying to rape his wife. His wife did not testify at Crawford’s trial, but prosecutors played a tape they claimed showed her story did not match his.