Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts (Key Briefs & Materials)

The Key Briefs & Materials Page provides a listing of key judicial materials and briefs on the Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts case. The linked materials on the case are organized by (1) Supreme Court Documents, (2) Merit Briefs, (3) Amicus Curiae Briefs, (4) Certiorari Petition Briefs; and (5) additional articles on the case. Other information on the Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts Resource Page, includes Overview; Key Cases; and coverage in the Federal Evidence Blog.

Key Supreme Court Briefs And Materials Luis E. Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

Date Document
Court Documents
June 25, 2009 Supreme Court holds that certificates of forensic analysis are “testimonial” and “the Sixth Amendment does not permit the prosecution to prove its case via ex parte out-of-court affidavits.” Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 U.S. __, 129 S. Ct. 2527, 2542 (2009) (No. 07–591).
2007 — Present Docket Sheet
Nov. 10, 2008 Oral Argument Transcript
Nov. 3, 2008 Hearing List
March 17, 2008 Certiorari Granted
July 31, 2007 Case Under Review from the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Appeals Court: Commonwealth v. Luis E. Melendez-Diaz, 69 Mass. App. Ct. 1114, 870 N.E.2d 676 (Mass. App. 2007) (No. 05-P-1213)
Merit Briefs
June 16, 2008 Brief for Petitioner
Sept. 2, 2008 Brief for Respondent
Oct. 2, 2008 Reply of Petitioner
Amicus Curiae Briefs
June 23, 2008 Brief Of Amici Curiae National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association Of Federal Defenders, And National College For Dui Defense In Support Of Petitioner
June 23, 2008 Brief Of Law Professors As Amici Curiae In Support Of Petitioner
June 23, 2008 Brief Of Professor Richard D. Friedman, As Amicus Curiae In Support Of Petitioner
June 23, 2008 Brief of Amicus Curiae National Innocence Network in Support of Petitioner
Sept. 9, 2008 Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondent
Sept. 9, 2008 Brief of the 35 States and the District of Columbia as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent
Sept. 9, 2008 Brief Of Amici Curiae The National District Attorneys Association, And District, Prosecuting, And County Attorneys In Support Of Respondent
Certiorari Petition Briefs
Oct. 26, 2007 Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari
Feb. 5, 2008 Brief Of Respondent Massachusetts In Opposition
Feb. 19, 2008 Reply Of Petitioner Luis E. Melendez-Diaz
March 17, 2008 Certiorari Granted
Dec. 3, 2007 Motion For Leave To File Brief And Brief Of Richard D. Friedman As Amicus Curiae In Support Of Petition For Certiorari
Dec. 3, 2007 Motion For Leave To File Brief As Amici Curiae And Brief Of Amici Curiae By Professors Pamela R. Metzger, Jennifer L. Mnookin, And Andrew E. Taslitz, The National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Innocence Project, The National College For Dui Defense, The Committee For Public Counsel Services, And The Massachusetts Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers In Support Of Petition For Certiorari

Additional Background Materials

Item Date Source/Link Notes
Metzger, Cheating the Constitution Mar. 2006 59 Vand. L. Rev. 475 (2006) Cited in the Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari
Court weighs use of MA crime lab reports at trial Nov. 10, 2008 Associated Press Summarizing U.S. Supreme Court oral argument
Adam Liptak, Court Weighs How Juries Should Hear Lab Evidence Nov. 11, 2008 New York Times Summarizing U.S. Supreme Court oral argument
Laurel Newby, Supreme Court Argument Report: Lawyers as “Repeat Players” Nov. 12, 2008 Law.com Summarizing U.S. Supreme Court oral argument
Attorney for Petitioner 2008 Associate Stanford Law Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher Also argued the Crawford v. Washington case
Attorney for Respondent 2008 Martha Coakley Massachusetts Attorney General
Federal Rules of Evidence
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