Inadmissible Gang Expert Testimony Allows Reversal.

The use of so-called gang experts by the prosecution in trial to testify to the jury with an opinion about whether certain conduct is to promote, further or assist a criminal street gang often involves the expert “straying” into giving testimony about the named defendant by reading field identification (FI) cards. Prior to the 2016 California Supreme Court ruling in People v. Sanchez, many would say that this was common practice, but after Sanchez, it was considered a Sixth Amendment violation and for some cases where judgment was not yet final, reversible error. To read about one such case out of the Torrance Courthouse, please click on the following link –

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