United States Ninth Circuit

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US v Ruvalcaba-Garcia, 17-50288

Affirmed. Defendant was convicted of illegally reentering the United States after having been removed. He alleged that his conviction was in error, because he was not the person removed. An expert witness was called to offer fingerprint analysis, but the trial court did not follow procedure for properly admitting the expert testimony. The Ninth circuit held that the trial court abused its discretion, but it was harmless error and that the record was sufficient to determine that the expert testimony was relevant and reliable.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/05/10


  • Per Curiam


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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