People v. SanchezAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of several firearm-related and gang-related offenses. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by admitting case-specific statements related by the prosecution expert concerning Defendant’s gang membership. Specifically, Defendant argued that the admission of this evidence violated the federal confrontation clause because the declarants were not unavailable and he had not previously cross-examined them. The Supreme Court reversed the jury findings on the street gang enhancements, holding that the admission of the case-specific statements constituted inadmissible hearsay under California law, and the error was not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. Remanded.