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Williams v. Illinois

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-8505 Supreme Court of Illinois Dec 6, 2011
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Jun 18, 2012 5-4 Alito OT 2011

Holding: The admission of expert testimony about the results of DNA testing performed by non-testifying analysts did not violate the Confrontation Clause.

Judgment: Affirmed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 18, 2012. Justice Breyer filed his own concurring opinion, while Justice Thomas filed an opinion in which he concurred in the judgment only. Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Scalia, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor joined.

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