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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

The Right to a State-Funded Expert

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

The right to a State-funded expert for the defense is not absolute. Rather, it involves assessment of "the probable value of the [expert] assistance sought, and the risk of error in the proceeding if such assistance is not offered." 24

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