Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Another Unsettling Field of Expertise


Anonymous Greg Jones writes ...

The Pickton case has been going on for years. If the stain were blood, I think the Crown would have put in evidence to that effect. The defense might have had someone else test it and learned it was blood, and would not want to present that expert. this evidence at least goes some way to hinting at doubt, though with Pickton accused of 48 homicides, and presently on trial for six of them, the defense is going to need to raise a lot of doubt to win an acquittal.

9:55 AM  

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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.