As the end of the term nears, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliver more opinions this morning. The longest outstanding remaining case could have a wide impact on prosecutors across the country: Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts.
In that case, the Court is considering whether state forensic lab reports prepared for use in criminal cases are testimonial evidence subject to the demands of the Confrontation Clause.
The defendant in the case argues that they are indeed and that as a result, prosecutors are required to call lab analysts to testify at trial during their case-in-chief. But the state argues otherwise, noting that prosecutors frequently rely on such reports in drunk-driving, fingerprint, DNA, drug and firearm trials.
Whatever opinions the Court releases today, we’ll bring you updates on this blog and at Lawyers USA online.
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