Corby v. Artus, No. 11-1650 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Respondents, New York authorities, appealed from the district court's grant of a writ of habeas corpus to petitioner. The district court held that the New York Court of Appeals erred in concluding that the state trial court permissibly barred cross-examination of the main prosecution witness on the issue of whether she had accused petitioner of the crimes in question only after being told that petitioner had accused her. On appeal, respondents argued that petitioner's Confrontation Clause rights were not violated and that even if they were, any violation was harmless. The court agreed that no Confrontation Clause violation occurred and therefore reversed the judgment.