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State v. Idol

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 “a used meth pipe and a bag with methamphetamine” 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.

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