Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Exclusion of Testimony Reliant on "Grisso" Instrument for Gauging Juvenile Comprehension of Miranda Rights

The "Grisso" protocol is an instrument developed by forensic psychologist Thomas Grisso to aid in evaluating juvenile offenders' comprehension of their Miranda rights. The Connecticut Supreme Court has released an opinion holding: (a) that the protocol is purportedly founded on scientific methodologies and is therefore subject to scrutiny under Porter (Connecticut's decision adopting Daubert); and (b) that a lower court did not abuse its discretion in excluding testimony based on the protocol in connection with a suppression hearing. See State v. Griffin, No. 17052 (Conn. Sup. Ct. Apr. 5, 2005).

Update 4/7/05: A post at the Connecticut Law Blog offers a detailed analysis of the Griffin decision.


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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.