Melendez-Diaz, Bullcoming, and Williams: Scientific Evidence and the Right to Confrontation
Mar. 6, 2015
Widener School of Law
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4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE
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The U.S. Supreme Court has issued at least three important rulings concerning the admissibility of laboratory results in criminal cases: Williams v. Illinois, Melendez-Diaz vs. Massachusetts and Bullcoming vs. New Mexico. These opinions have built on and support the standard that has previously been set in Crawford. State high courts have followed suit. Issues include how to define an “analyst” and what different people involved at various stages of the analysis can testify to. More widespread availability and Improved quality of video testimony systems and advanced laboratory data networks create options that form part of the solution to the balance between Sixth Amendment rights and the best use of the most qualified scientific witnesses. This workshop will feature perspectives on the Court’s underlying constitutional analysis of right to confrontation, the specific rulings in Williams, Melendez-Diaz and Bullcoming, and discussion of the possible outcomes in subsequent trials. Half hour lectures from each of the speakers on the various aspects of the cases will be followed by a panel discussion and time for questions from the audience.
Who Should Attend This Course?
This course is essential for prosecutors, defense counsel, and lab scientists/managers.
- Approved for 2.7 CLE credits in DE for in-person or online attendees.
- Approved for 2.5 CLE credits in PA for in-person attendees.
- Approved for 3.6 CLE credits in NJ for in-person or online attendees.
New York attorneys may apply the CLE credits earned in Delaware to their New York requirement. For more information, including a list of New York Approved Jurisdictions, click here
*Group Discounts may be available for 3 or more attendees from the same organization.
- JULES EPSTEIN, Esq.: Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law
- BORIS MOCZULA, Esq.: former Assistant Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice
- BARRY LOGAN, PhD, F-ABFT: Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives and Chief of Forensic Toxicology, NMS Labs; President, The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education
- JUSTIN J. McSHANE, Esq.: Chairman/CEO at The McShane Firm, LLC, specializing in D.U.I. and Criminal Defense Law
We will be presenting the course online from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE to appeal to a national audience. However, we encourage local registrants to attend the course in person.
- 1:00-1:05 pm Introduction and Welcome
- 1:05-1:35 pm Jules Epstein – The 6th Amendment and its Interpretation by the SCOTUS
- 1:35-2:05 pm Boris Moczula – Prosecution Perspective
- 2:05-2:20 pm Break
- 2:20-2:50 pm Justin McShane – Defense Perspective
- 2:50-3:20 pm Barry Logan – Forensic Laboratory Director Perspective
- 3:20-4:00 pm Panel Discussion (Barry Logan, Moderator)