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WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS

Docket No.: 10-8505
Certiorari Granted: 06/28/11
Argued: December 6, 2011
Decided: 06/18/12

Topics:

Confrontation Clause, Due Process, Federal Rules of Evidence, Miranda, Sixth Amendment, criminal procedure, murder

PartyNames: Sandy Williams v. Illinois
Petitioner: Sandy Williams
Respondent: Illinois

Court Below: Supreme Court of Illinois
Citation: 238 Ill.2d 125
Supreme Court Docket

Sandy Williams
v.
Illinois
Question Presented:

Whether a state rule of evidence allowing an expert witness to testify about the results of DNA testing performed by non-testifying analysts, where the defendant has no opportunity to confront the actual analysts, violates the Confrontation Clause.

Question:

Can an expert witness be called as a stand-in for a lab analyst who actually did a test on criminal evidence, but did not appear at the trial?

WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS
ORAL ARGUMENT

12/06/11

Listen to Oral Argument in WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS
Holding: AFFIRMED
Vote: 5-4
Majority: Alito, Chief Justice Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer
Concurring: Breyer,Thomas
Dissenting: Kagan, Scalia, Ginsburg, Sotomayor
Opinion By:
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