Judicial hellhole Nevada has no Daubert standard for experts, or, indeed, any standards restricting the use of expert testimony whatsoever. This is especially problematic in criminal prosecutions, where prosecutors have been happy to use junk science such as blood-spatter and bite-mark analysis, with questionable results. A man convicted of sexual assault is complaining about the use of unmoored testimony about "grooming" in his trial, which will give the Nevada Supreme Court an opportunity to review the standard; this is unfortunate, as the other evidence for his conviction seems to have been overwhelming, and bad facts can make bad law. The legislature likely needs to step in. [LVRJ via Bashman]
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