At issue was whether Virginia's statute under which a lab analyst would be available for cross-examination upon the request of the Defendant, seemingly shifting the burden of proof.
The Court's opinion reads as follows:
"We vacate the judgment of the Supreme Court of Virginia and remand the case for further proceedings not inconsistent with the opinion in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 US ___ (2009)." -- Briscoe v. Virginia, 559 US ___ (2010), per curiam
The prohibition of trial by affidavit lives on.
"Supreme Court hears challenge to confrontation ruling" The Defense Rests (Jan. 14, 2010)