Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Voting Scandal at Blog 702

Our apologies to readers who tried to vote on the critical issue of citation forms for unpublished opinions. The Ikonboard software that runs the User Forum apparently keeps insisting that voters in surveys be registered members, despite our repeated instructions to the software that it should insist on no such thing.

To avoid further frustration by would-be voters, we have committed a Cardinal Blogging Sin, and deleted the relevant posts altogether. This may disserve the all-important Historical Record. But it's the exigent thing to do. Now if only we can persuade the Google cache to forget . . . .
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.