"The jury will be entitled to determine the credibility and reliability of his opinion, which it may accept or reject."
- Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. (in reference to the prosecution's forensic botanist, Dr. David Hall.)
This seems to be the tenor of Judge Perry's court, at least as far as the Casey Anthony case is concerned. His philosophy is one of common sense and pragmatism. Let the jury hear the testimony of expert witnesses from both the prosecution and defense. Let the cards fall where they may. The jury of able bodied men and women will surely know how to pick them up and deal with the matter at hand. Of course, one of his...
One of the most obvious things criminal defense attorneys do is throw as many motions at the courtroom walls as they can in hopes that something sticks before the trial begins. In the case of Casey Anthony, her defense team tossed an inordinate number during the course of nearly three years. Some were questionable, but for the most part, they’ve been rather credible. Recently, hearings held in Chief Judge Belvin Perry’s court (See: Order in His Court) addressed issues related to Frye. Called Frye motions, the name comes from Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923), a case that argued the admissibility of polygraph tests as evidence....