Confrontation, Experts, and Rule 703
Paul C. Giannelli
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
June 25, 2012
20 J.L. & Pol’y 443 (2012)
Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-24
The United States Supreme Court has decided several cases concerning expert testimony and the Confrontation Clause. This essay argues that confrontation issues are complicated by Federal Evidence Rules 703 and 705, which changed the common law rules. Altering the common law made sense in civil cases because civil rules of procedure provide extensive discovery, which ensures basic fairness. In contrast, discovery in criminal cases is quite limited, which undercuts an accused’s ability to meaningfully confront prosecution experts at trial.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: Confrontation Clause, Experts, Federal Evidence Rule 703, Forensic Science
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: June 26, 2012
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