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Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
Citation:557 U.S. 305 (2009)
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The defendant was tried for the illegal distribution and trafficking of cocaine. At trial, the prosecution introduced written lab reports from the state crime lab which affirmed that powdered substances discovered by law enforcement was cocaine. However, none of the analysts who authored the report testified at trial. The defendant argued that this violated the Confrontation Clause.
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