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Unformatted text preview: Holding: No, The doctors witnesses did not violate the defendants rights to confront adverse witnesses. Rationale: There can be expert testimony based largely on hearsay may be permissible only if there is adequate opportunity to fully cross-examine the witness. Lawson had this opportunity. Rule 703 permits experts to base their testimony on evidence that would otherwise be inadmissible, so long as it is of a type reasonable relied on by experts in the particular field in forming opinions or inferences upon the subject. In this case he received information on experts on the subject, which would actually be used to make a professional judgment. In addition to rule 705 the defendant must have access to the information in order for the cross-examination to be effective. The defendant had access to the information that Dr. Sheldon used to reach his opinion. Result: Affirmed...
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