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July 27, 2009
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Ruling on lab testimony will slow process

By Lisa Redmond
Lowell Sun

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows defendants to cross-examine in court the state lab and ballistics experts who analyze drugs and bullets, instead of just supplying lab certifications, will increase state expenses and slow cases to a crawl, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone warned.

While Leone doesn't expect the outcome of these criminal cases will be different, he said "it is certain to significantly impact the timely and orderly administration of justice in conducting trials and disposing of cases."

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