The Supreme Court of the United States announced one decision this morning:
Michigan v. Bryant, No. 09-150: Michigan police found a man mortally wounded in a parking lot. The man told the police he had been shot by respondent outside a house and had then driven himself to the lot. At trial, the officers testified about what the victim said, and respondent was found guilty. The state supreme court reversed the conviction, holding that the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause rendered the victim’s statements inadmissible testimonial hearsay. The United States Supreme Court today held the victim's statements regarding the identification and description of the shooter and the location of the shooting were not testimonial statements, because they had a “primary purpose . . . to enable police . . . to meet an ongoing emergency,” and their admission at respondent's trial did not violate the Confrontation Clause.
The Court's decision is available here.