Plea Agreement Terms Affect Scope of Cooperating Witness’s Cross-Examination

Can you limit the cross-examination of a cooperating witness? A recent Fifth Circuit Case on the issue of “limiting the cross-examination of a cooperating witness” was highlighted by the Federal Evidence Blog. One factor identified in the analysis was the obligation to consider whether the witness “had not yet been sentenced at the time of his testimony,” since the witness would not be recounting a fact, but rather it would involve the witness offering his “own estimate of his sentence under the sentencing guidelines,” testimony that could be “speculative and confusing to the jury.” United States v. Roussel

For more information please view: http://federalevidence.com/blog/2013/january/scope-cooperating-witnesss-cross-examination-affected-plea-agreement-terms

 

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