Maryland’s top court has reinstated a man’s double-murder conviction, saying an expert’s trial testimony regarding the killer’s height based on video surveillance was validly admitted despite unknown variables — such as whether he was standing on level ground — and strict new limits on the admission of expert testimony. The Court of Appeals decision marked its first on the admissibility of expert testimony since it abandoned in 2020 its long-held “general acceptance” standard of admission in favor of a “reliability” standard in Rochkind v. Stevenson.
Md. high court reinstates murder convictions under new expert testimony standard
June 28, 2022