Cross-Examination of Fingerprint Expert on “Brandon Mayfield” Case NOT Allowed

US v. Joel Rivas, No. 13-3526.   A fingerprint examiner (“Rottman”) testified at trial that he was certain the partial fingerprint found on a 9 millimeter handgun belonged to Joel Rivas.  Rivas’s only argument is that his rights under the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment were violated when the district court did not allow him to cross-examine the government’s fingerprint expert regarding the misidentification of a suspect in an unrelated case. Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause The Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause guarantees a criminal …
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