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Melendez-Diaz v. Mass., No. 07-591

By FindLaw Staff on June 25, 2009 2:15 PM

Defendant's drug conviction is reversed, where the trial court's admission of the prosecution's certificates by laboratory analysts, stating that material seized by police and connected to Defendant was cocaine of a certain quantity, violated petitioner's Sixth Amendment right to confront the witnesses against him.

Read Melendez-Diaz v. Mass., No. 07-591

Appellate Information

Argued November 10, 2008

Decided June 25, 2009

Judges

Scalia, J. delivered the opinion of the Court.

Kennedy, J., filed a dissenting opinion.

Counsel

For Petitioner:

Jeffrey L. Fisher, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA

For Respondent:  

James J. Arguin, Assistant Attorney General, Boston, MA

Martha Coakley, Attorney General, Boston, MA

Susanne G. Reardon, Office of the Attorney General, Boston, MA

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