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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:

WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS
Case Documents

1WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS Oral Argument Audio (December 06, 2011)
2WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS Oral Argument Audio
3WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
4Opinion in WILLIAMS v. ILLINOIS
Additional documents for this case are pending review.