Virginia Journal of Criminal Law
autopsy reports, Sixth Amendment, Confrontation Clause
Courts nationwide are divided over whether autopsy reports are “testimonial” under the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause. Resolving that split will affect medical examiners as dramatically as Miranda did police. This article applies the latest Supreme Court jurisprudence to the work of modern medical examiners in a comprehensive inquiry. It argues that autopsy reports should be presumed non-testimonial—a presumption overcome only by a showing that law enforcement involvement materially influenced the examiner’s autopsy report.
Daniel Capra and Joseph Tartakovsky,
Autopsy Reports and the Confrontation Clause: A Presumption of Admissibility, 2 V.C.J.L. 62
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