Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How Bullcoming, Melendez-Diaz, Williams, and Crawford Are Playing Out Today

Prof. Friedman, over at The Confrontation Blog, just posted a recent article on two New Jersey opinions that overlap the confrontation analysis for lab results in Bullcoming, Williams, Crawford, and Melendez-Diaz.

The plurality opinion in Williams regarding experts and the confrontation clause is central to both cases.

It's becoming expressly clear that a defense counsel nowadays better have a handle on the intricacies of Williams, because its holding(s) are becoming vitally important in cases where data is collected from one (non-testifying) witness, while the analysis is done by another (testifying) witness.

This is especially true in DNA cases.

Right now understanding Williams is as important as understanding Crawford was a decade ago.

Here's the article: