Reflections of a First-Time Expert Witness
Jelani Jefferson Exum
University of Toledo College of Law
September 2, 2013
Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2013
This Essay offers reflections of my first experience as an expert witness in a child pornography sentencing hearing. I contemplate the worth of sentencing experts, and ultimately conclude that experts should be used more often, especially in advisory guideline systems like the federal system. Certainly, a sentencing expert can relay valuable information uncovered through her sentencing research. More importantly, though, a sentencing expert can, perhaps, inspire the court to explore appropriate sentences outside of Guidelines ranges. Consciously or unconsciously, judges may desire support before stepping out on such a journey. I think this is a hugely important function, and counsel in criminal cases should seriously consider this option.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 3
Keywords: Sentencing, expert witness, child pornography
JEL Classification: K14, K19
Date posted: June 13, 2014
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