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State v. Young
Louisiana Supreme Court
35 So. 3d 1042 (2010)
Tracey Young (defendant) allegedly shot two people during an attempted robbery in a park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One of the shooting victims died. The police received information from a confidential informant that connected Young to the shootings. A bystander subsequently identified Young as the shooter from a photographic lineup. The surviving victim also identified Young as the shooter. Young was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Young moved to suppress the eyewitness identifications, but the trial court denied Young’s motion. Young then sought to introduce expert testimony regarding factors that could affect the reliability of eyewitness identifications. The trial court ruled that Young’s proposed expert could testify at trial. The State of Louisiana (plaintiff) challenged the trial court’s decision, but the court of appeal rejected the state’s challenge. The Louisiana Supreme Court granted the state’s petition for certiorari to review the trial court’s decision.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Guidry, J.)
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