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Dead men can tell tales: ‘Dying declaration’ at issue in criminal appeal (access required)

Case law as dusty as it is macabre and dating back beyond the gunslinging days of the Wild West came back to life in a recent South Carolina Court of Appeals decision. At issue: the last words of a dying victim, known legally as his “dying declaration,” a rarely invoked exception to the hearsay rule. “Dying declarations ...

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