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A 'Sleeper' Mass. Case Takes An Unlikely Path To The Supreme Court

Publication Date: 
March 31, 2008
Source: 
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Author: 
David Frank

Professor Jeffrey Fisher is representing the defendant in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, a case scheduled to go before the Supreme Court in fall 2008, according to the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly:

In Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court will decide whether a state forensic-lab report prepared for use in a criminal case is testimonial evidence subject to the demands of the Confrontation Clause as set forth in the landmark 2004 Crawford v. Washington decision.

"...Crawford — a case argued by Fisher — held that a defendant's right to confrontation was implicated whenever the prosecution introduced testimonial evidence."