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Jones v. State
Georgia Court of Appeals
375 S.E.2d 648 (1988)
Jones (defendant) appealed his child-cruelty convictions, arguing that the trial court erred in Jones’s competency trial by preventing certain questions on cross-examination of the state’s expert witness, Dr. Grigsby. Jones argued that the judge incorrectly overruled Jones’s objection to Dr. Grigsby’s qualifications as an expert witness, as the judge improperly relied on the judge’s prior findings that Jones was an expert in other cases. Additionally, Jones argued that the judge erred in preventing Jones’s attorney from exploring any bias Dr. Grigsby might have had related to Dr. Grigsby’s employment for the state. The judge found Dr. Grigsby to be unbiased—in spite of receiving payment from the state—because the judge himself was also paid by the state and was unbiased.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Beasley, J.)
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