What Can a Criminal Procedure Expert Cover in His Testimony?

A man was shot and killed when a U.S. Marshal attempted to arrest him at a house in Detroit in 2015. The man’s estate and his relatives filed this action, asserting multiple claims against several Defendants. In the end, there was only one remaining claim in the case— the Estate’s excessive force claim against the federal agent.  

The Estate wanted to have its criminal procedure expert testify as an expert witness at trial. Pursuant to Rule 26(a)(2)(B), the Estate provided Defendant Agent with a written report. In this motion, Defendant Agent sought to exclude several opinions of the Estate’s expert pursuant to Federal Rules of Evidence 401, 403, and 702. 

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