I don't know what the Bill of Rights mean like this!?

accused has the right to confront the witnesses against him or her.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You get to cross examine the witness or accuser in court. That's why the witness is always put up on the stand. If you are arrested, you get to ask why you are being accused, and by whom. You also get to ask that person questions.

    This does not mean that you get to go to their home or place of business and talk to them.

  • Lynn
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    1 decade ago

    At the most basic level, it means if someone's accusation against you is used in court, you must be able to cross-examine them. It means, for example, that they can't give a sworn statement in writing against you to be used in court instead of testimony. Or that a third person can't testify about what the accuser said.

    There are lots of wrinkles, but that's the bottom line.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Confrontation" and "cross-examination" are two distinct concepts, and protections, but most answers seem to conflate them. Confrontation means you get to look the accuser in the eye and have him make his accusation against you to your face, in the presence of the trier of fact [judge and/or jury]. Then, you may also cross-examine him or not, but you have confronted him by requiring the public accusation to your face.

    Source(s): My own scholarship and constitutional law practice for almost 30 years.
  • 1 decade ago

    In a criminal case, witnesses must testify before the defendant and the defendant or his/her attorney must be able to cross-examine them.

    Source(s): 20+ years practicing law
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