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SVP- Trial: Evidence — Actuarial Instruments

State v. Bernard G. Tainter, 2002 WI App 296, PFR filed 12/23/02
For Tainter: Jack E. Schairer, SPD, Madison Appellate

Issue/Holding: The trial court properly exercised discretion in admitting into evidence actuarial instruments (by determining that they were of the type commonly relied on by experts to assess sex offender risk; and by allowing Tainter to cross-examine on the instruments). ¶20. In Wisconsin, trial courts have a limited “gatekeeper” function regarding expert testimony; if the evidence is relevant and the witness qualified as an expert, reliability is for the jury. ¶¶21-22.

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