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Kansas Bill Curbs Need for Expertise Testimony

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 7:00pm

Kansas House Bill 2057, designed to speed court proceedings by giving the criminologists from two county crime labs a presumption that they have expertise on subjects on which they testify and that their reports are automatically admissible in court, passed early this month.

Criminologists from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Highway Patrol already have that presumption of expertise.

With the addition of the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center and the Johnson County Sheriff's Laboratory, defense attorneys can still challenge the examiners' credentials and the admissibility of evidence they provide in court, but the examiners won't have to go through the time-consuming process of going to court and outlining their degrees and relevant experience every time they submit testimony.

Source: The Wichita Eagle

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