High Court Takes Away Right To Confont In Drug Cases

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On October 17, 2007, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court once again reduced constitutional protections for those accused of committing drug offenses. In Commonwealth v. Carter, the Court held that a state police laboratory report can be introduced into evidence as a business record, even if the chemist does not come to court to testify. Thus, those accused of drug offenses no longer enjoy the constitutional guarantee of confronting all of their accusers. Chief Justice Cappy was the lone dissenter.

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