United States v. Jimison, Jr., No. 15-60281 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Defendant argued that the district court violated his right to confrontation at his revocation hearing when it allowed a law enforcement officer to testify about an informant’s statements and identification of defendant. In light of defendant's substantial interest in confrontation, the lack of record evidence on the Government’s interest in foregoing confrontation, and the lack of inherent reliability in the hearsay testimony, the court could not find implicit good cause in the record to allow the testimony. In this case, due process does not permit a revocation that is based on hearsay identification testimony from a confidential informant. Accordingly, the court vacated and remanded.