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State v. Manocchio, 496 A.2d 931 (R.I. 1985). In a conspiracy to commit murder trial, the trial judge refused to allow cross-examination of the state’s witness as to his memory defects. R.I.S.C. reversed, ruling that defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights were infringed since this was the only witness to the murder and his credibility was the crucial issue at trial.
State v. D’Alessio, 848 A.2d 1118 (R.I. 2004). Defendant in a murder trial was prevented from cross-examining the victim’s mother about her drug use since her baby’s murder and during trial. R.I.S.C. affirmed.
State v. Rivera, 987 A.2d 887 (R.I. 2010). Sexual assault complainant with severe developmental disability was permitted to testify, over defendant’s objection, though defendant could challenge her credibility on cross-examination.
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