Jailhouse Informant (Snitch) Testimony

Jailhouse Informant (Snitch) Testimony

Postby Numbers » Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:35 pm

http://www.prosecutorialaccountability. ... testimony/

...[T]he Appellate Court noted that the jurisprudence around snitch testimony has evolved. A few years ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court “mandated that, going forward, trial courts in this state must give a special credibility instruction to the jury any time informant testimony was used, regardless of whether the informant had been promised any benefit for his or her testimony.” That opinion in State v. Arroyo noted “[i]n recent years, there have been a number of high profile cases involving wrongful convictions based on the false testimony of jailhouse informants.” The high court thus based its requirement for a special credibility instruction on the “growing recognition of the inherent unreliability of jailhouse informant testimony.”

Building on that recognition, the Appellate Court in Leniart “conclude[d] that the court abused its discretion by granting the state’s motion in limine and excluding Natapoff {a defense expert on the credibility of jailhouse informants} as a witness, especially in light of the fact that, in the present case, informants played a crucial role in the state’s case against the defendant.” It rejected the trial court’s rationale for excluding Natapoff. Although the trial court felt that expert testimony would “invade the province of the jury,” the Appellate Court found that the trial court’s position lacked support. Critically, Natapoff was not enlisted to testify about the specific informants in this case; instead, her testimony was tailored to explain general concerns about the credibility of jailhouse informants. In these circumstances, the Appellate Court appropriately determined that Natapoff’s testimony “could have aided the jury in making its own informed and independent assessment regarding the credibility of the informants in the present case.”
Expert witness testimony must be the product of reliable principles and methods. {Paraphrase of Fed. Rules of Evidence 702c}
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Re: Jailhouse Informant (Snitch) Testimony

Postby Numbers » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:15 am

https://www.innocenceproject.org/texasg ... ign=buffer

Texas Governor Signs Landmark Comprehensive Legislation to Prevent Wrongful Convictions
Expert witness testimony must be the product of reliable principles and methods. {Paraphrase of Fed. Rules of Evidence 702c}
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