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In the United States, hearsay is not admissible as evidence (with many exceptions) because it would violate the defendant's constitutional right to confront his or her accusers.

When hearsay evidence is offered, defendants and their attorneys cannot confront the person who allegedly made the statement.  They cannot cross-examine that person. ...

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In the United States, hearsay is not admissible as evidence (with many exceptions) because it would violate the defendant's constitutional right to confront his or her accusers.

When hearsay evidence is offered, defendants and their attorneys cannot confront the person who allegedly made the statement.  They cannot cross-examine that person.  They cannot have the jury see the person to gain an impression of his or her reliability.  In other words, they are confronted with evidence against them that cannot be fully vetted or challenged to determine whether it is reliable.  This goes against the 6th Amendment to the US Constitution.

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