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SJC Rejects New Trial For Wellesley Doctor In Wife’s Murder

By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer
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Dirk Greineder (right) with his attorney in 1999. (file image)

Dirk Greineder (right) with his attorney in 1999. (file image)

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has turned down a request for a new trial for a Wellesley doctor convicted of killing his wife after she discovered his secret life of prostitutes and pornography.

Lawyers for Dirk Greineder argued that Greineder was entitled to a new trial because his constitutional right to confront witnesses against him was violated when a supervisor testified on behalf of the DNA analyst who actually performed testing in the case.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that Greineder’s lawyers “had a meaningful opportunity to cross-examine” the supervisor who testified and their client is not entitled to a new trial.

The SJC had previously rejected that argument, but reconsidered it at the instruction of the U.S. Supreme Court, which cited its recent rulings on DNA testimony.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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