Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Ronald Mann has our preview.

Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

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

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

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