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There's a Reason Why Hearsay Is Barred from Trials

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According to sworn testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, President Donald Trump lunged at Secret Service in a limo. 

Have you ever been in a limo? They're kind of big, right? But Trump lunged across the limo. Did he somehow plow through the barrier typically between people in the limo and outside it? Did he somehow shatter that plexiglass in his lunging? Did the car swerve when he lunged? That testimony would have been a fun cross-examination, but, of course, there was none, so it took us on Twitter to take her claims apart. And finally, Secret Service said, "Nah, that didn't happen." She's out there doing hearsay. Now for a thousand years, the Anglo-American legal tradition has barred the use of hearsay because it is inherently unreliable, and it can't, by definition, be cross-examined. 




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