More California Supreme Court guidance on Sanchez hearsay issues: Veamatahau and Perez

More California Supreme Court guidance on Sanchez hearsay issues: Veamatahau and Perez

In late February 2020 the California Supreme Court handed us some important decisions about Sanchez hearsay issues and it can be very, very important to understand how this works at trial. To start, per People v. Sanchez ((2016) 63 Cal.4th 665), an expert can “relate to the jury background information that is technically hearsay, including general knowledge and ‘premises generally accepted in his field[,]’” but “cannot ‘relate as true...

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What can a Prosecutor argue with the word “reasonable”: People v. Ramirez

What can a Prosecutor argue with the word “reasonable”: People v. Ramirez

In trial on a criminal cases, the burden of proof on the People is obviously proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In trials, sometimes the People can slip into arguing not to buy the defense because it’s not reasonable…and that the only reasonable conclusion is a guilty verdict. Well, this December 17, 2019 decision People v. Ramirez* discusses how to argue and walk this line. Because sometimes making that argument is Prosecutor...

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