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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Report Writing for the New Rules

The following new rules may affect the analyst's written report:

A. Federal Rules of Criminal ProcedureRule 16(a)(1)A and (1)E 16(b)(1)C.

    1.   By request of the defendant, the government must provide opinions, qualifications, basis and reasoning for the government's expert.


  1.   However, if the defendant asks for this information from the government witnesses, that opens the door to the government requesting and obtaining the same information from the defense. This may include finding out experts' names, their opinions, their qualifications, the basis for their opinion and the reasoning supporting their opinion.

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