Watch an excerpt of Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick's story for the HDNet program Dan Rather Reports:
The program is an in-depth look at the aftermath of a contentious 2009 Supreme Court decision that had prosecutors claiming that drug trials would be brought to a standstill. The decision means crime lab technicians are called to testify in criminal trials far more often than they used to. But how much is this new interpretation of the so-called Confrontation Clause affecting the criminal justice system? Watch the full segment and a discussion between Dan Rather and Dahlia Lithwick this evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT on the cable network HDNet.