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People v. Fields, No. D053080

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By FindLaw Staff on July 15, 2009 11:40 AM

Trial court judgment finding that defendant was a sexually violent predator and committing him to the Department of Mental Health for an indeterminate term is affirmed where trial court did not err in preventing defense counsel from cross-examining the state's experts about the extent to which they considered results of a polygraph examination that was administered to defendant, as there was no reasonable probability that the jury would have reached a different result if the court had permitted defense counsel to inquire further of the experts about the polygraph examination report.   

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Appellate Information
APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Robert F. O'Neill, Judge. Affirmed.
FOURTH APPELLATE DISTRICT, DIVISION ONE
Filed July 14, 2009

Judges
Before AARON, J., NARES, Acting P.J., HALLER, J.
Opinion by AARON, J.

Counsel
For Plaintiff: Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Gary W. Schons, Assistant Attorney General, Pamela Ratner Sobeck and Donald W. Ostertag, Deputy Attorneys General.

For Defendant: Chris Truax, under appointment by the Court of Appeal.

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