No. 86-130.

483 U.S. 44 (1987)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 22, 1987

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James M. Luffman argued the cause and filed briefs for petitioner.

J. Steven Clark, Attorney General of Arkansas, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Clint Miller, Assistant Attorney General.*

David M. Heilbron and Christopher Berka filed a brief for the Product Liability Advisory Council et al. as amici curiae.

JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

The issue presented in this case is whether Arkansas' evidentiary rule prohibiting the admission of hypnotically refreshed testimony violated petitioner's constitutional right to testify on her own behalf as a defendant in a criminal case.


Petitioner Vickie Lorene Rock was charged with manslaughter in the death of her husband, Frank Rock, on July 2, 1983. A dispute had been simmering about Frank...

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