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Maryland v. Craig - Significance, Court Overrides Plain Language Of The Sixth Amendment, Further Readings

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State of Maryland


Sandra Ann Craig

Petitioner's Claim

That allowing an alleged victim of child abuse to testify by closed circuit television violates the Sixth Amendment right of criminal defendants to confront their accusers in court.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

J. Joseph Curran, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

William H. Murphy, Jr.

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

27 June 1990


The Supreme Court found that because the closed circuit procedure did not rule out cross-examination, it satisfied the essential purpose of the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause.

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  • Coy v. Iowa, 487 U.S. 1012 (1988).
  • Idaho v. Wright, 497 U.S. 805 (1990).
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over 9 years ago

The following statement in the above text is not correct: "After her conviction was upheld by two state appellate courts, Craig took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court". Please note that the Maryland Supreme Court was unanimous in reversing the lower appellate court decision. It was the prosecution that took it to the U.S. Supreme Court which remanded it back to the state wherein ALL charges were eventually dropped.

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about 10 years ago

Congratulations Sandra Love You