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Case Name: Vickie Lorene ROCK v. ARKANSAS

Date, Location, Cite: 1987 AR
107 S. Ct. 2704
US SUPREME COURT

Rock shot her husband after a fight; couldn't remember details, but with hypnosis, remembered her "finger was not on trigger, gun just went off"; gun expert said this could happen with this gun; AR law precluded hypnosis per se; Supreme Court said total bar restricted 14th Amendment right to due process & 6th Amendment right to call witnesses; though hypnosis has weaknesses, total exclusion arbitrary; NOT THE SAME AS NON-PARTY WITNESS UNDER HYPNOSIS
(see NJ v.HURD and People v. Shirley)