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Earhart v. Konteh, No. 07-4127

Denial of defendant's petition for habeas relief from a conviction of rape of a child under thirteen years of age and related crimes is reversed and a conditional writ as to the indictment charging defendant with gross sexual imposition against a minor victim is granted as the admission of a videotape deposition without a proper finding that the witness was constitutionally unavailable violated defendant's clearly established right to confrontation under the Sixth Amendment. However, district court's judgment as to the remainder of the petition is affirmed as defendant is not entitled to relief on the remainder of his claims.   

Read Earhart v. Konteh, No. 07-4127

Appellate Information

Argued: June 16, 2009

Decided and Filed: December 18, 2009


Opinion by Circuit Judge Gibbons


For Appellant:   Molly S. Crabtree, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

For Appellee:    Gene D. Park, Office of the Ohio Attorney General