The U.S. Supreme court revisited yesterday the effort of states to allow laboratory analysts to present their findings in drug cases through affidavits rather than by live testimony.
The case is from Virginia, which already has changed its laws to conform with Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts.
All eyes were on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose vote could overrule Melendez-Diaz within a year of the decision. She replaced David Souter, who was in the 5-4 majority in Melendez-Diaz.
Kimberly Atkins from our sister publication Lawyers USA was in the courtroom and filed a report with links to Melendez-Diaz and other cases and to a transcript of the hearing.