Sunday, April 23, 2017

Annie Dookhan: Massachusetts: Unique perspective: Bloomberg columnist Stephen Carter provides '21,000 reasons why Scalia was right.'..."Melendez-Diaz held that the technician who performed the test had to be produced for cross-examination. Critics were astonished. The cost alone would be prohibitive. And there was no need, they argued: Error or forgery in the laboratory was so unlikely that constantly calling lab techs to testify was a waste of time. There was nothing to be gained. Oops. As the Dookhan case illustrates, Scalia was right. Despite the forensic magic worked on television, there is ample reason to bring the technicians into court and let them be cross-examined. And Dookhan is far from the only example."

COMMENTARY: "21,000 reasons why Scalia was right," by Stephen L. Carter, published by Bloomberg News on April 21, 2017.

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