Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, March 1.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Packingham v. North Carolina. Amy Howe has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions. Kevin Johnson has our preview.

Breaking News :

Breaking News :

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
 
Share:

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).

Plain English Summary:

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

SCOTUSblog Coverage

Briefs and Documents

Merit briefs Amicus briefs

Certiorari-stage documents

Term Snapshot
Awards