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Criminal Practice – Constitutional – Confrontation Right – Absence from Trial – Evidence of Hospitalization – Assault – Restitution – Character Evidence (access required)

State v. Anderson When defendant didn’t show up for the second day of his trial, he had the burden of explaining his absence. He attempted to explain his absence by offering the following evidence: (1) a phone call from Stacie Wilson, a person who failed to provide any information as to who she was or what hospital defendant was in and (2) a note from Presbyterian Hospital indicating that defendant had been treated there at some point, but which lacked any indication of the date or time of treatment. This evidence was insufficient to satisfy defendant’s burden to explain his absence. Accordingly, defendant waived his right to confrontation.

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