No. 93-5256.

512 U.S. 594 (1994)


United States Supreme Court.

Decided June 27, 1994.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Benjamin S. Waxman argued the cause and filed briefs for petitioner.

John F. Manning argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Days and Assistant Attorney General Harris.*

O'Connor, J., announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II—A, and II—B, in which Blackmun, Stevens, Scalia, Souter, and Ginsburg, JJ., joined, and an opinion with respect to Part II—C, in which Scalia, J., joined. Scalia, J., filed a concurring opinion, p. 605. Ginsburg, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Blackmun, Stevens, and Souter, JJ., joined, p. 607. Kennedy, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Thomas, J., joined, p. 611.

Justice O'Connor delivered the opinion of the Court, except as to Part II—C.

In this case we clarify the scope of the hearsay exception for statements against penal interest. Fed. Rule Evid. 804(b)(3).


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