June 18, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court in a plurality opinion on Monday ruled that a defendant's rights under the Confrontation Clause were not violated when the state permited an expert witness to testify about the results of a DNA test performed at a private laboratory, where the analysts who performed the tests ...[read more]
February 28, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On February 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that the preliminary inquiries of a wounded citizen regarding the circumstances of his shooting are to be considered non-testimonial evidence and admissible in court. The Court reversed the decision of the Michigan Supreme Court in Michigan v. ...[read more]
December 7, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday. In Williams v. Illinois, the justices heard the latest in a series of arguments over the Confrontation Clause and will decide if a defendant's rights are violated if the state permits an expert witness to testify about the results ...[read more]
June 28, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two additional cases Tuesday including a case similar to one decided last week involving whether the Confrontation Clause case blocks the admissibility of lab test data when the analyst who conducted the tests is not called to testify. In Williams v. ...[read more]
June 23, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 in Bullcoming v. New Mexico that the Confrontation Clause does not allow laboratory reports containing testimonial certification to be entered into evidence against a defendant without the testimony of the analyst who personally observed the test and ...[read more]
March 2, 2011
by Brian Jackson
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases: one regarding the extent of immunity for a federal official and another regarding the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause. In Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, former US attorney general John Ashcroft, appealed the decision of the US Court of ...[read more]
June 29, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court issued a second set of orders Monday, granting certiorari in one additional case. On its final day of the term, the Court agreed to hear Briscoe v. Virginia, in which it will consider whether, if a state allows a prosecutor to introduce a certificate of a forensic laboratory ...[read more]
June 25, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, US Supreme Court, June 25, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on Sixth Amendment issues... ...[read more]
June 25, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts that a forensic analyst's laboratory report is testimonial evidence under the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, giving criminal defendants a right to cross-examine the analysts. The Massachusetts Appeals ...[read more]
August 23, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday ruled that the use of specific documents from an illegal immigrant's alien-registration file during the immigrant's criminal trial is constitutional. The issue came before the court when the defendant, Franklin Burgos, ...[read more]

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