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Johnson v. Alaska

Petition for certiorari denied on June 15, 2020
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-1065 Alaska Ct. App. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Issues: (1) Whether the confrontation clause prohibits the prosecution from introducing into evidence at trial a certified lab report reflecting statements of nontestifying analysts through a surrogate expert who, although a supervisor at the lab, merely reviewed the report and results and did not conduct or observe any of the underlying tests; and (2) whether the confrontation clause prohibits the surrogate expert from testifying at trial about the underlying tests, including the particular samples tested, procedures followed and results reached.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 24 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 30, 2020)
Mar 27 2020Waiver of right of respondent State of Alaska to respond filed.
Apr 01 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/17/2020.
Apr 07 2020Response Requested. (Due May 7, 2020)
May 07 2020Brief of respondent State of Alaska in opposition filed.
May 26 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/11/2020.
May 26 2020Reply of petitioner Teresa Ann Johnson filed. (Distributed)
Jun 15 2020Petition DENIED.
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