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Goodall v. United States, 180 F.2d 397 (D.C. Cir. 1950)

Case (cite)
Goodall v. United States, 180 F.2d 397 (D.C. Cir. 1950)
Year
1950
State
D.C.
Type of proceeding
Appellate
Type of claim
Evidentiary
Expert evidence ruling reversing or affirming on appeal:
Admitted
What was the ruling?
Correct to Admit
Type of evidence at issue:
Firearms identification
Defense or Prosecution Expert
Prosecution
Name of expert(s) who were the subject of the ruling
Zimmers
Summary of reasons for ruling
Defendant argued that because the expert tested the gun after the trial had started and not in the denfedant's presence, his testimony should be excluded. The court held that, generally, ballistics testimony is admissible, and that because this testimony would be "clearly admissible" had the expert tested the gun before the trial started, they saw no reason to exclude it because he tested the gun once the trial was in progress.
The jurisdiction’s standard for expert admissibility at the time – list all that apply: (Frye), (Daubert), (Post-2000 Rule 702), (Other)
N/A
Did lower court hold a hearing
N/A
Names of prosecution expert(s) two testified at hearing
Names of defense expert(s) who testified at hearing (or None).
Discussion of 2009 NAS Report (NAS2009) or PCAST report (PCAST)
N/A
Discussion of error rates / reliability
N
Frye Ruling
N
Limiting testimony ruling
N
Language imposed by court to limit testimony
N/A
Ruling based in prior precedent / judicial notice
N
Daubert ruling emphasizing – which factors – (list 1-5)
N/A
Ruling on qualifications of expert
N
Ruling on 702(a) – the expert will help / assist the jury
N
Ruling on 702(b) – the testimony is based on sufficient facts or data
N
Ruling on 702(c) – the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods
N
Ruling on 702(d) – reliable application of principles and methods to the facts of the case
N

Notes

As a general rule evidence of such or similar tests or experiments is admissible in criminal cases in the federal courts.