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Evidentiary Rules When Interference With Witness

Concerning evidentiary rules when a defendant interferes with a witness.
2020 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Under an opinion of the Colorado supreme court, if a party to a criminal case wrongfully procures the unavailability of a witness, evidence that the witness may have been able to offer is still inadmissible if it constitutes hearsay evidence. The bill provides that such a party forfeits the right to object to the admissibility of evidence of the witness based on hearsay and that such evidence is admissible.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. R. Fields
Rep. D. Roberts, Rep. M. Soper



Sen. J. Cooke, Sen. B. Gardner, Sen. J. Ginal, Sen. V. Marble, Sen. K. Priola, Sen. J. Tate

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