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Monday, March 17, 2008

Court Grants Cert. in Massachusetts v. Melendez-Diaz

From  "The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether prosecutors can use crime lab reports as evidence without having the forensic analyst who prepared them testify at trial.

"The reliability of crime labs has been questioned in several states and at the federal level in recent years.

"State and federal courts have come to different conclusions about whether recent Supreme Court decisions affirming the constitutional right of a defendant to confront his accusers extend to lab reports that are used in many drug and other cases."  Rest of article . . . [Mike Mannheimer]

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