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State justices to consider improper jury instructions

In State v. Courtney C. Beamon, which is at the briefing stage before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a convicted felon caught driving from the scene of a shooting is challenging whether the sufficiency of evidence presented against him should be measured by the actual language in erroneous jury instructions or by the statutory elements of the crime.

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US Supreme Court fractures on expert testimony issue

The Confrontation Clause does not bar an expert from testifying at a criminal trial that a DNA profile produced by an outside laboratory matched the defendant’s state lab DNA profile, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a fractured opinion.

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