Today we're taking a closer look at a First Circuit Court of Appeals decision reviewing a grey area of the law: expert witness testimony and the Confrontation Clause.
George Nardi was convicted of first-degree murder in a Massachusetts state trial court for killing his mother. Evidence indicated that she died of suffocation consistent with a hand being pressed over her face and nose.
Dr. James Weiner performed an autopsy on the mother's body, and recorded his findings in an autopsy report. The report noted bruising on her face consistent with suffocation, as well as signs of limited heart disease.