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Court’s Confrontation Clause ruling gives scant guidance

WASHINGTON – The latest in a series of divided Confrontation Clause rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court has left attorneys and legal experts scratching their heads, unclear as to exactly when DNA reports and similar evidence can be admitted without ...

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CONFRONTATION CLAUSE

Is a state forensic analyst's laboratory report prepared for use in a criminal prosecution "testimonial" evidence, requiring the analyst to be available for cross examination in order for the report to be admissible? U.S. Supreme Court. Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, No. 07-591. Certiorari granted March 17, 2007. Ruling below: 870 N.E.2d 676 (unpublished)(Mass.Ct.App. 2007).

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