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Court Rules on Constitutionality of a Mustache

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When might a handle-bar mustache and a black wig come in handy? How about when you’re a confidential informant testifying in a public courtroom against an alleged member of a powerful Mexican drug cartel who is accused of trying to get military-grade weapons into the hands of his bosses.

And when might the use of a handle-bar mustache and a black wig be unconstitutional? Perhaps when you’re a defendant on trial concerned that jurors could get the wrong impression of you by hearing testimony from a prosecution witness in disguise.

Those were some of the questions pondered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which was asked to decide whether a witness’s testimony in disguise violated the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment ….

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