This Article examines the landscape of legal issues involved in determining whether the presence at trial of a surrogate pathologist, whose testimony refers to a forensic autopsy report prepared by the examining pathologist and provides the foundation for the admissibility of the forensic autopsy report, implicates the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment. This Article concludes that the practice of surrogate testimony and admission of the forensic autopsy report, well known and often required in criminal homicide prosecutions, implicates and violates the Confrontation Clause.
The Confrontation Clause and Forensic Autopsy Reports-A "Testimonial", 74 La. L. Rev. 117 (2013)Faculty Scholarship
Citation InformationMarc D. Ginsberg, The Confrontation Clause and Forensic Autopsy Reports-A "Testimonial", 74 La. L. Rev. 117 (2013)