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Right to Confront Witnesses Limited by MN Court Ruling

By June 24, 2019 No Comments

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled against a defendant asserting his right to confront any witness against him, reports Minnesota Lawyer. The court said that the person who interpreted the defendant’s police interview should not be considered a witness, although a video of the interpreted testimony was played at trial. Justice Natalie Hudson, who dissented from the majority opinion, agreed with the defense that it was appropriate to compare interpreters to laboratory analysts, who are frequently called as trial witnesses. Hudson wrote, “… interpreters, like laboratory analysts, often add content and nuance. And also like analysts, interpreters make mistakes.”