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Calderon v. Sharkey
Ohio Supreme Court
436 N.E.2d 1008 (1982)
Ann Calderon (plaintiff) was injured in a car accident with Judith Sharkey (defendant). Calderon sued Sharkey for negligence. At trial, Sharkey called Dr. Edward Hanley as an expert witness. On cross-examination, Calderon sought to ask Hanley about his previous roles as an expert witness in cases tried by Sharkey’s attorney. Sharkey objected to the entire line of questioning. The court permitted questioning about Hanley’s expert fee and about how often he testified as an expert. The trial court sustained Sharkey’s objection to questions about details of any ongoing business relationship between Hanley and Sharkey’s attorney and about the number of times that Hanley had testified for Sharkey within the last year. The court of appeals reversed the ruling. Sharkey appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sweeney, J.)
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