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Case Conclusion Date: 04.01.2009
Practice Area: Appeals
Outcome: conviction for drug possession reversed
Description: The defendant in this case was stopped for a traffic infraction and consented to a search. The police officer found what he described as â€œa used meth pipe and a bag with methamphetamineâ€ in the defendant's pocket. Although a lab report indicated that the substance was methamphetamine, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the defendant's conviction, because admitting the lab report into evidence without any testimony from the criminalist violated the defendant's constitutional right to confront the witnesses against him.