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Amici are scholars who teach and write about criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. We file this brief to address the relationship between rules of admissibility for psychiatric testimony and Eighth Amendment standards for procedure in capital trials. The decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals paid little attention to this relationship, but in so doing it ignored much of this Court’s important capital punishment jurisprudence. Amici write to emphasize that the Eighth Amendment’s emphasis on reliability and accuracy in capital trials has ramifications for the admissibility of expert testimony.
Our scholarly interest in this issue arises from teaching and writing in a variety of related fields, including criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and constitutional law.
Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
Reinert, Alexander A., "Brief for Evidence and Criminal Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (Coble v. State of Texas)" (2011). Briefs. 3.