Bullcoming v. New Mexico
The Confrontation Clause does not permit the prosecution to introduce a forensic lab report containing a testimonial certification through the in-court testimony of an analyst who did not sign the document or personally observe the test. If an out-of-court statement is testimonial, it may not be introduced against the accused at trial unless the witness who made the statement is unavailable and the accused has had a prior opportunity to confront that witness.
At the hearing on appellant's motion to suppress, Detective Roberts admitted that he had fabricated a forensic lab report to convince appellant to respond to his questioning. The report stated that appellant's fingerprints were found on the magazine clip retrieved from the crime scene, but, in fact, no legible prints were found on the clip. Det. Roberts testified that he used an old crime lab report as a template to create the false document on his computer. He explained that he obtained a preexisting report, changed the heading to “Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory,” and created the following text:
Today's News on forensic lab report at Times of India
GREATER NOIDA: The forensic lab report on the controversial meat whose consumption led to the Dadri lynching incident is yet to come and the name of the son of a local BJP leader " " in the charge sheet filed yesterday, police said today.
A forensic report on whether the free lunch served to school children in Bihar's Chhapra on Tuesday was poisoned, has confirmed traces of insecticides in the food sample. The Forensic Science Lab report found the pesticide in the samples of oil from the container, food remains on the platter and mixture of rice with vegetables on aluminium utensils... According to district officials, Devi had allegedly forced the cook to use contaminated cooking oil despite the latter's complaint that it had a pungent smell. A forensic lab report confirmed presence of toxic insecticide traces in the cooking oil used for making food at the school.In this lesson, students will be given a mystery to solve, based on their knowledge of cells. To solve the mystery, they need to know the major differences between plant and animal cells. Students apply their knowledge to a "real-life" scenario in which they must classify cells as plant or animal. Students will record their conclusions in a forensic lab report similar to one that could be used in court. This is an excellent activity for the end of a unit on plant and animal cells.The state's most recent drug exoneree fits the same pattern -- arrested for trace amounts of a suspected narcotic, agreed to a speedy plea deal and later cleared by a delayed forensic lab report -- as the 20 other cases the American-Statesman has previously identified.