Friday, July 07, 2006

Former Marijuana Grower Turns Expert Witness to Battle Royal Canadian Mounted Police

From CBC News: A former cultivator of marijuana recently took the stand in a Canadian drug trial, to offer his expert opinion that the defendant ran a low-end operation and was too inept to sustain a viable cannabis enterprise.

It didn't work, but the expert plans to keep trying.


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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.