Miami, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: Under ‘Hearsay’, can the State use the testimony/transcripts of a deceased person in a retrial?

And if so, why and what are the requirements necessary for the State to be able to use the testimony/transcripts of a deceased person in a retrial?

*This question is in regards to a criminal case that was vacated, and a retrial was ordered due to fundamental error in jury instructions.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes. Florida Statute 90.804 (2) (a) provides that testimony "given as a witness at another hearing of the same or a different proceeding, [is admissible] ... if the party against whom the testimony is now offered, ... had an opportunity and similar motive to develop the testimony by direct, cross, or redirect examination. ..."

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