United States v. Tapaha, No. 17-2104 (10th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
Cornelia Tapaha was convicted of assault for hitting her boyfriend, Myron Yazzie, with her car. She appealed, arguing the district court: (1) denied her the ability to mount a defense to the charges by excluding three witnesses’ testimony; (2) violated the Confrontation Clause by excluding certain testimony by Yazzie; and (3) erred in refusing to admit redacted portions of an interview with a law-enforcement officer. Finding no reversible error, the Tenth Circuit affirmed Tapaha’s conviction.