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Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-591 Mass. Ct. App. Nov 10, 2008
Tr.
Jun 25, 2009 5-4 Scalia OT 2008

Disclosure: Akin Gump served as co-counsel for the petitioner.

Issue: Whether a state forensic analyst’s laboratory report prepared for use in a criminal prosecution is “testimonial” evidence subject to the demands of the Confrontation Clause as set forth in Crawford v. Washington (2004).

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia on June 25, 2009.

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