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Expert Witness Controversy in Florida Criminal Trials

The Florida Appellate Courts and the Florida Supreme Court have tightened the screw on many Circuit and County Court judges, along with ill-advised Assistant State Attorneys, when the issue is brought to their attention that prosecutors are relying on expert witnesses that are neither listed in their discovery as experts nor do not qualify as experts. This issue of non-experts testifying falsely through their testimony at trial, with the Judge’s blessing who declared them as experts in the first place, allows in many instances the prosecutor to prove their case in chief that many times they would not otherwise be able to show. Again, the normal matriculation from Assistant State Attorney to judge is the major reason why these horrible errors occur; that allow a departure from the essential foundation… […]

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