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Old lab report procedure invalid under Melendez, court holds (access required)

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Melendez-Diaz, the Supreme Court of Virginia has acknowledged Virginia's former procedure for admission of lab reports in criminal trials failed to safeguard a defendant's rights under the Confrontation Clause. The decision today in Cypress v. Commonwealth (VLW 010-6-083) means a new trial for one drug defendant, but no relief ...

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