18 Dec: Mediation Message No. 124

MICHAEL D. MARCUS’S MEDIATION MESSAGE NO. 124 EXPERT TESTIMONY AND THE HEARSAY RULE: GENERALIZED BACKGROUND INFORMATION VERSUS CASE-SPECIFIC FACTS In People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665, a unanimous Supreme Court clarified what information and facts experts rely upon are and are not subject to a hearsay objection. Sanchez holds the hearsay rule applies to case-specific out-of-court statements considered by experts as true and accurate and relied upon to support their opinions, because such statements…