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Pointer v. Texas

Significance, Supreme Court Holds That States Must Allow Criminal Defendants To Confront And Cross-examine Witnesses Against Them


Bob Granville Pointer


State of Texas

Petitioner's Claim

That the use of transcribed testimony in a criminal prosecution deprived the defendant of his Sixth Amendment right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against him.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Orville A. Harlan

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Gilbert J. Pena

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

5 April 1965


Reversed Pointer's conviction.

Related Cases

  • Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319 (1937).
  • Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961).
  • Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).
  • Malloy v. Hogan, 678 U.S. 1 (1964).

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