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Is an Expert Needed?
Date: March 23, 2006
Type of expert:
Issue: When is an expert necessary?
Summary of case: Vladas Zajanckauskas, a naturalized citizen of the
Role of the expert: The use of an expert was denied for the purpose of interpreting the Stoop Report to show the defendant was not present in
Expert analysis: Defendant argued that the district court committed error in interpreting the Stoop Report without the aid of an expert witness. The First Circuit held that the judge as the trier of fact did not need the expert testimony, because the information could have been derived from common sense, common experience, the judges own perceptions, or simple logic. The decision to invalidate Zajanckauskass citizenship was affirmed.
Summary prepared by J. Price, Student,