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Sexual Penetration Craig County Virginia DNA Analysis Lawyers

Sexual Penetration Craig County Virginia DNA Analysis Lawyers

X v. COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Factual Background:

Defendant was convicted of, inter alia, object sexual penetration, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-67.2(A)(2), after certificates of analysis of bodily fluids were admitted. The author of certificates of analysis admitted into evidence testified, but scientists who involved in the process of examining bodily fluid samples did not.

Sexual Penetration Craig County Virginia DNA Analysis Lawyers

Sexual Penetration Craig County Virginia DNA Analysis Lawyers

Issue:
  • Whether, in view of the decision in Melendez-Diaz, scientists were required to testify at trial to preserve Aguilar’s confrontation rights?
Observation and Holding:

The supreme court held the certificates were testimonial statements, but their admission did not violate defendant’s confrontation rights, because (1) the only declarations in the certificates were those of the testifying witness, (2) his testimony showed one non-testifying scientist had no role in the DNA analysis, since she did not find spermatozoa the witness examined, so the certificates did not contain the results of her work, (3) the certificates did not explain the other non-testifying scientist’s work, contain reports she might have generated, or report her factual findings, so they were not her declarations, expressly or impliedly, and nothing from her was presented to the fact-finder in a form functionally identical to live, in-court testimony, and (4) the witness supervised both scientists’ work and was directly involved in the entire DNA analysis at issue, so only he could testify about the accuracy of the analysis, the lab’s operating procedures, and any deviations from or systemic problems in those procedures. The judgment of the Court of Appeals was affirmed.

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