This Comment will analyze the veiled witness’s effect on the criminal defendant’s right to confrontation and will ultimately argue that such veiled testimony violates the Confrontation Clause. Part II will give the reader a general overview of Islam and its followers, describe the history and purposes of the veil, and discuss the veil’s current impact in America and worldwide. Part III will examine the Confrontation Clause, its history, and key decisions that have contributed to its development. Part IV will address the question of whether the Confrontation Clause is violated when a veiled witness testifies against a criminal defendant. Part V will discuss First Amendment concerns that arise when a Muslim woman is forced to unveil. Part VI will offer some possible methods of reducing the intrusion caused by unveiling, and part VII will conclude the Comment.

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