The Missouri Supreme Court has vacated three convictions in separate cases that involved video participation in the trials, which have been used more extensively during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the cases involved an adult male who was convicted in St. Louis Circuit Court of statutory rape.

Two of the cases involved juveniles in Jackson County.

One objected to not being allowed to appear in person at his adjudication hearing and the other objected to witnesses being allowed to testify via video.

The court said it could not rule that video participation in trials satisfies the defendants' constitutional right to confront their accusers in person. 

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