United States Third Circuit

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Preston v. Superintendent Graterford SCI, 16-3095

Affirmed the denial of habeas relief to a defendant who alleged violation of his Confrontation Clause rights. The defendant, who was convicted of third-degree murder, challenged the use of prior statements of a witness who refused to answer any substantive questions on cross-examination. While agreeing that the defendant's rights were violated, the Third Circuit concluded that his Confrontation Clause claim was procedurally defaulted and there was no cause to excuse the default here.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/09/05


  • Rendell


  • United States Third Circuit


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