Lugo v. United States

Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on Petition for a Writ of Certiorari).

Brief filed: 02/07/2020

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Lugo v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 19-855

Prior Decision

Decision below 786 Fed. App’x 766 (11th Cir. Oct. 8, 2019)

Argument(s)

Law enforcement officers testifying on matters based on their professional experience or training should be treated as expert witnesses under Federal Rule of Evidence 702, rather than Rule 701.  Law enforcement officers have scientific, technical, or specialized knowledge within the scope of Rule 702.  There is an intractable Circuit split on this issue and the Supreme Court should grant certiorari.  The question presented arises in a wide variety of cases.  Permitting law enforcement officers to furnish lay opinion testimony leads to unfair applications, including law enforcement officers being allowed to offer opinions no other lay witness would be permitted to give.

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Author(s)

Benjamin B. Klubes, Veena Viswanatha, Lauren R. Randell, Timothy Coley, Michael Morrill, James Chou, Buckley LLP, Washington, DC; Jeffrey T. Green, NACDL, Washington, DC.