Friday, February 17, 2006

Internet Pharmacy Conviction Overturned, Video Testimony Deemed 'Unconstitutional'

Declan McCullagh writes on C|Net News:

Anton Pusztai and Anita Yates were indicted in July 2000 on charges of running an illegal pharmacy--a Web site called the Norfolk Men's Clinic--and operating a drug repackaging facility that was not registered with the federal government. They pleaded not guilty, and the case went to trial in Alabama.

That's where an unusual twist took place. Prosecutors asked the trial judge to approve the testimony of two witnesses from Australia through a live, two-way video conference.

After a jury convicted the two defendants on all charges, they appealed and said their Sixth Amendment right to "be confronted with the witnesses" against them was violated.


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