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Vasquez v. Kirkland, No. 08-55699

In a murder case, the denial of Petitioner's habeas petition is affirmed where testimony by a deaf witness using sign language did not violate the Confrontation Clause because the limitations on the effectiveness of cross-examination resulted from the witness's own physical impairments.

Read Vasquez v. Kirkland, No. 08-55699

Appellate Information

Argued and Submitted May 4, 2009

Filed July 20, 2009


Opinion by Judge B. Fletcher


For Appellant:

Michael Tanaka, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles, CA

For Appellee:

David F. Glassman, Deputy Attorney General, Office of the California Attorney General, Los Angeles, CA