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Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

Docket No.: 07-591
Certiorari Granted: Mar 17 2008
Argued: November 10, 2008
Decided: June 25, 2009

PartyNames: Luis E. Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
Petitioner: Luis E. Melendez-Diaz
Respondent: Massachusetts

Court Below: Appeals Court of Massachusetts

Luis E. Melendez-Diaz
v.
Massachusetts
Question Presented:

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, 541 U.S. 36 (2004).

Question:

Is a state forensic analyst's laboratory report prepared for use in a criminal prosecution "testimonial" evidence subject to the demands of the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause as set forth in Crawford v. Washington?

Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By: Justice Antonin Scalia
Read MELENDEZ-DIAZ V. MASSACHUSETTS opinion (PDF)
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