The Supreme Court will consider how and when lab analysts must testify in order to satisfy the Melendez-Diaz holding. Melendez-Diaz, relying on the Confrontation Clause, held that in order to introduce evidence from crime labs, the crime lab analyst must be available to testify.
The Court must now consider Virginia’s procedure, which only requires the analyst testify if the defense makes a request.
Is the Supreme Court’s Lab Testimony Ruling at Risk? | ABA Journal