By otmseo on June 20, 2012

Is the Right to Confrontation being Eroded?

There has been a lot of consternation over the US Supreme Court’s opinion in Williams v. Illinois, No. 10-8505, June 18, 2012, from defense attorneys; however, the decision actually seems to be pretty limited.  The ISP expert testified that a DNA profile produced by Cellmark matched defendant’s, but Williams had the opportunity to confront her as to her opinion.  She didn’t testify that the DNA profile produced by Cellmark was accurate or reliable.  The Court also makes several references to the point that this was a bench trial and that the judge knew what testimony was hearsay and not being offered for the truth of the matter asserted.