Both sides agree: The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts requiring that forensic evidence be presented at criminal trials by a witness who can be cross-examined will impose new burdens on prosecutors. But initial reaction was split over how big that burden will be — or whether it's a cost that just has to be borne to meet the requirements of the Sixth Amendment's confrontation clause.
Forensic ruling adds burden for prosecutors
The National Law Journal
June 29, 2009
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