IL Sup Ct Addresses Whether DNA Reports Are Testimonial
This decisions doesn't necessarily absolutely clear up the question of whether or not DNA reports are testimonial under Crawford.
But it seems the timing of the testing is going to be a crucial factor in future cases when this issue comes up.
Modern DNA testing involves a combination of private and public testing. Prosecutor's, naturally, don't want to have to call every single analysists involved in a case.
The private lab guys often are not in Illinois and also have hefty "trial fees". The state lab guys are local and can testify without fees.
So the question comes down to this: Can the State lab scientists testify about the conclusions, opinions, and findings contained in the reports generated by other scientists who worked on a case?
The answer appears to be "sometimes."http://illinoiscaselaw.com/are-dna-analysis-reports-testimonial-statements-under-crawford/