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Name: People v. Combs
Case #: S033975
Court: CA Supreme Court
District CalSup
Opinion Date: 12/16/2004
Summary

Admission of a codefendant’s videotaped statements does not violate the Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses. While questioning whether Crawford v. Washington (2004) 124 S.Ct. 1354 could apply to cases with final judgments, the California Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment was not implicated where the testimonial statements were admitted to give meaning to the defendant’s own silence in response to them, i.e., to support the defendant’s adoptive admissions.