The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeals in two separate Mississippi cases dealing with a defendant's 6th Amendment right to confront accusers.
In drug cases from Harrison and Tunica counties, the nation's high court without comment last past week let stand decisions against Mississippi defendants who had sought to question the analysts who tested illegal drugs in cases against them.
In those cases, prosecutors put on the stand laboratory supervisors who reviewed and verified the results of tests but did not perform the tests themselves.
In the two drug cases, a majority of the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that situations arise when a primary analyst isn't available to testify. In such instances, the Mississippi court says a supervisor, reviewer or other analyst involved may testify in their place.
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