The Basis Hearsay Conundrum: More on 'State v. Floyd Y.'

, New York Law Journal


In his Matrimonial Practice column, Timothy M. Tippins writes: When an expert relies upon out-of-court statements derived from interviews or from the review of documents, the evidentiary doctrine of expert testimony intersects directly with the core evidentiary principle forbidding hearsay evidence. The Court of Appeals recently confronted this Gordian knot of evidence law; the resulting split decisions underscore both the convolution of the "basis hearsay" issue and the futility of efforts to resolve the central conundrum that it presents.

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