Confrontation, Experts, and Rule 703
20 J.L. & Pol’y 443 (2012)
15 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 25, 2012
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.
Keywords: Confrontation Clause, Experts, Federal Evidence Rule 703, Forensic Science
JEL Classification: K14
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation