Thursday, July 29, 2004
Judge Friedman of E.D. Va. rejects expert testimony as unreliable, grants summary judgment in police shooting case
The Norfolk paper reports here ("Judge dismisses lawsuit over police shooting of teen," 7/29/04) on the ruling by Judge Friedman of the E.D. Va. in favor of the defendant in a case involving a fatal shooting, where the Court concluded there was no constitutional violation since the decedent had aimed his car at the police officer who then shot him. The article notes that "Friedman found that the conclusions reached by the Schatzhuber family’s forensics firearms expert, William Conrad, were not reliable," which suggests some kind of Daubert ruling.