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BULLCOMING v. NEW MEXICO

Docket No.: 09-10876
Certiorari Granted: 09/28/10
Argued: March 2, 2011
Decided: 06/23/11

Topics:

Confrontation Clause, Sixth Amendment, criminal procedure, harmless-error, murder

PartyNames: Donald Bullcoming v. New Mexico
Petitioner: Donald Bullcoming
Respondent: New Mexico

Court Below: Supreme Court of New Mexico
Citation: 147 N.M. 487

Donald Bullcoming
v.
New Mexico
Question Presented:

Whether the Confrontation Clause permits the prosecution to introduce testimonial statements of a non testifying forensic analyst through the in-court testimony of a supervisor or other person who did not perform or observe the laboratory analysis described in the statements.

Question:

Can a blood-alcohol test admitted without the actual testimony of the person who prepared the results violate a criminal defendant's Sixth Amendment rights under the Confrontation Clause?

BULLCOMING v. NEW MEXICO
ORAL ARGUMENT

03/02/11

Listen to Oral Argument in BULLCOMING v. NEW MEXICO
Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:
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