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declaration against interest

as an exception to the rule against the ADMISSIBILITY of HEARSAY evidence, a declaration by a person who has subsequently died that he knew, when he made it, that it would be against his pecuniary or proprietary interest, may be admitted.
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33) The Committee Note following the Rule, however, states that "[o]rdinarily the third-party confession is thought of in terms of exculpating the accused, but this is by no means always or necessarily the case: it may include statements implicating him, and under the general theory of declarations against interest they would be admissible as related statements.
may include statements implicating [the accused], and under the general theory of declarations against interest they would be admissible as related statements .
Because the Court remanded the case to the district court for further factual inquiry into whether Harris' statements were truly self-inculpatory, Justice O'Connor refused to address Williamson's claim that the statements were inadmissible under the Confrontation Clause, and that the hearsay exception for declarations against interest is "firmly rooted" for Confrontation Clause purposes.
The Federal Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee notes indicate that a third-party confession "may include statements implicating [the accused], and under the general theory of declarations against interest they would be admissible as related statements.

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