Here is the Supreme Court’s just released decision in United States v. Williams finding no Confrontation Clause violation when a state expert witness testifies based on reports from an outside lab. The Court held that there was no violation because the defendant had the opportunity to cross-examine the expert who testified as to the DNA match by the outside lab. Our prior obsession with the case here and here to name a few.
Here’s how the opinions broke down:
Plurality opinion by ALITO, J., joined by ROBERTS, and KENNEDY and BREYER.
Concurring opinion by BREYER.
Concurring in the judgment THOMAS. Justice Thomas finally says what everyone is thinking about this confrontation case, “In my view, however, there was no plausible reason for the introduction of the statements [in outside lab report] other than to establish [the] truth” of the statements in the report.
Dissenting opinion by KAGAN, joined by SCALIA, GINSBURG, and SOTOMAYOR.