Issue: (1) Whether the Confrontation Clause prohibits a chief medical investigator from testifying about objective facts in an autopsy report earlier by another medical examiner when the report was not admitted into evidence, was not certified or sworn, and was not prepared for the primary purposes of accusing the targeted individual of a crime or of providing evidence at a criminal trial; (2) whether the definition of the constitutional term "witnesses" in Crawford v. Washington should be overruled or modified; and (3) whether any constitutional error in the admission of an out-of-court statement is harmless beyond a reasonable doubt when it is more beneficial to the defense than the state, a testifying expert was available for cross examination about the statement, and the evidence of guilt was overwhelming.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 24 Conference. 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.