State v. Glass

Summarized by:

  • Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Area(s) of Law: Constitutional Law
  • Date Filed: 12-07-2011
  • Case #: A143965
  • Judge(s)/Court Below: Brewer, C.J. for the Court; & Edmonds, S.J.
  • Full Text Opinion

A procedure that requires a defendant to object to the admission of a laboratory report before trial, and subsequently allows the author of the report to testify after the objection, does not violate the Confrontation Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Defendant was convicted of various drug-related offenses. On appeal, defendant argued that the state violated the confrontation clause of the Sixth Amendment when the trial court admitted evidence of a laboratory report indicating that the substance seized from him was cocaine. Defendant argued that because a defendant must object to the admission of a substance report before trial, and that subsequently the author of the report will be allowed to testify, that this procedure unconstitutionally shifted the burden to the defendant, rather than the state, to bring the state’s witnesses into court. The Court of appeals disagreed with defendant and affirmed the trial court, finding that previous case law allowed such “notice-and-demand” statutes, and that they do not violate the Confrontation Clause of the United States Constitution. Affirmed.

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