No. 86953.

729 N.E.2d 470 (2000)

191 Ill.2d 127

246 Ill.Dec. 97

The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Appellee, v. Donald E. McCLANAHAN, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Illinois.

April 20, 2000.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Daniel D. Yuhas, Deputy Defender, Jacqueline L. Bullard, Assistant Defender, Office of the State Appellate Defender, Springfield, for Appellant.

James E. Ryan, Attorney General, Patrick W. Kelley, State's Attorney, Springfield (Joel D. Bertocchi, Solicitor General, William L. Browers, Mary Beth Burns and Colleen Griffin, Assistant Attorneys General, Chicago, of counsel), for the People.

Justice RATHJE delivered the opinion of the court:

At issue in this appeal is the constitutionality of section 115-15 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/115-15 (West 1998)). This section allows the State, in prosecutions under the Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/1 et seq. (West 1998)) or the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570/100 et seq. (West 1998)), to use lab reports in lieu of actual testimony as prima facie...

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