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Would still seem to fit under the "dying confessions" exception to hearsay.
I'm guessing that he wasn't read the Miranda warning prior to confessing.
Never doubt that God has a great sense of humor. If you have any doubts read the Old Testament book of Esther. I laugh every time.
To the grave... that's where my secrets will go.
I don't know much about legal matters other than what I pick up through incidental reading. What makes a confession valid vs being considered hearsay? Multiple witnesses? A signed affidavit? Courtroom testimony or a deposition?
"Would still seem to fit under the "dying confessions" exception to hearsay."It's also an admission by a party, so you don't need an exception. It's not hearsay.
And the exception is called "dying declaration"... it's usually the murder victim and it relates only to the subject matter of the death, not to random things in the past.
Evidence Rule 804 makes an exception for: "Statement Under the Belief of Imminent Death. In a prosecution for homicide or in a civil case, a statement that the declarant, while believing the declarant’s death to be imminent, made about its cause or circumstances."
Ooooops!"Can I take that back, seeing how I lived and all that??"
Not that I have ever or would ever murder someone, but if I were in that situation, my defense would probably be either:1) heart-attack (or heart attack drug) induced deliriumor 2) I became very familiar with the case due to the false accusation, and felt great empathy for the family. I'm an atheist, and believe once you're gone, you're gone. So I thought a harmless lie that can't hurt me might help her family find some peace...Probably #1 would have a better chance to work.
No wonder the catholic Priests keep the confession secrets. As their lawyer, I advise all of my dying clients to STFU.The Estate could be liable in civil damages as well.
That's why waterboarding is so awesome. Nothing like getting someone to think that they are going to die, to get them to confess.
Ann,Thanks, I couldn't remember the word "declaration" and was disinclined to Google. You are of course right about it also being a party admission.Cheers,Shining Wit
The old "The king is dead" gag applies here.
Oh I see also it wouldn't fit because it doesn't relate to the cause of death, as you said. Man, I suck at evidence.
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Ha-ha, just kidding.I swear, it was a joke.
"You really thought I was serious, didn't you""Did you tell anyone?...because I was obviously delirous.""The police don't need to find out about this, you know...it's not going to solve anything.""Look at my eyes...look into my eyes..."
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