Monday, July 6, 2009

US Supreme Court Rules That Experts Must Testify

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According to a recent ruling in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts by the Supreme Court, experts will be required to testify to explain their reports, examinations, or methodology.

It will be interesting to see the impact this has on the case turnover rate in labs across the country as more forensics people spend time in court rather than in the lab.

Check out Forensic Magazine's article on this ruling for a more robust treatment of the topic: Supreme Court Ruling Requires Crime Lab Analysts to Testify

On a positive note, perhaps this will help us lab-toiling examiners fight off vitamin-D deficiency by at least getting us out of the lab and into the sunshine for that brief walk from the car to the courthouse.
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