Monday, May 10, 2010
Scott Heiser, Director of Animal Legal Defense Fund's Criminal Justice Program, is one of the foremost experts on criminal prosecutions of an animal abuse cases. In a comment posted today on ALDF's blog, Heiser discusses caselaw on the subject of using veterinary records admitted under the "business records" exception to the rule against hearsay and how this affects the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment. Heiser's advice, "...one needs to be mindful of the collateral consequences of forming formal partnerships with law enforcement when it comes to Crawford issues." An interesting and prickly topic, that we suggest you read more about. Read Heiser's blog post.