Issue: Whether the Sixth Amendment permits the state’s
expert witness to present to a jury the results of
forensic tests that she neither performed nor witnessed
as substantive evidence to support her conclusion that
petitioner was the source of DNA evidence, when the
state does not call the analysts who performed the
tests as witnesses or show that they are unavailable
and previously subject to cross-examination.
On Monday the Court issued orders from the April 24 Conference, which Lyle reported on. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be live-blogging beginning at 9:45.
This is the second week of the April sitting. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, which is consolidated with three other cases, on the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages. We will be live-blogging updates from the oral argument beginning at 11 a.m.
Glossip v. Gross The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.