Why’s People v. Sanchez Relevant for Expert Testimony?

In 2016 in the case of People v. Sanchez, the California Supreme Court ended the routine practice of allowing an expert witness on criminal street gangs from testifying about what fellow police officers and other gang members, including a co-defendant, had said about gang activity that the expert then relied upon to opine whether defendant’s crime was to benefit, promote or further the interests of a criminal street gang. This reliance on hearsay, the court held, violated defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to cross-examine the fellow police officers and even a co-defendant about such alleged statements made to the gang expert in court. To read more about his important ruling, please click on the following link – https://www.greghillassociates.com/whys-people-v-sanchez-relevant-for-expert-testimony.html

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