People v. Sanchez, Hearsay, and Expert Testimony
By Don Willenburg, Gary A. Watt, and John A. Taylor, Jr.
Arecent California Supreme Court decision in a criminal case "clarified" the rules regarding hearsay and expert witness testimony, and is making waves in civil practice. People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 involved a gang expert, but its holding and rationale apply across the board to expert testimony generally. What counsel does not know about Sanchez could gut the testimony of an expert witnessâand lose a case.
How Sanchez "Clarified" Expert Witnesses and Hearsay