Joseph Contreras, Petitioner-appellant, v. Larry Kincheloe, Superintendent, Spring Creek Correctionalcenter, Respondent-appellee, 94 F.3d 650 (9th Cir. 1996)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 94 F.3d 650 (9th Cir. 1996)

Submitted Aug. 8, 1996. *Decided Aug. 12, 1996

Before: GOODWIN, BRUNETTI and KOZINSKI, Circuit Judges.


Petitioner filed a petition for habeas corpus in the district court for Alaska, alleging that his Sixth Amendment right to confrontation had been violated by the trial testimony of a witness who had previously undergone hypnosis. While the state trial court allowed testimony only regarding statements made prior to the hypnosis, Petitioner argues that the history of hypnosis still left him powerless to cross-examine the witness in a competent manner.

This court has held that the fact of hypnosis goes to the weight of the evidence, not its admissibility--even where the information obtained through hypnosis is itself admitted into evidence. United States v. Adams, 581 F.2d 193 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 439 U.S. 1006 (1978). We are not inclined to reexamine the question here. Cf. Rock v. Arkansas, 483 U.S. 44, 60-61 (1987) (analyzing the ability to challenge or impeach the testimony of one who has been hypnotized). Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the district court dismissing the petition for habeas corpus.



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for submission on the record and briefs and without oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); Ninth Circuit Rule 34-4


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