Day: January 24, 2024

NJ Supreme Court Rejects Expert's "Rule of Thumb" Assessment 

NJ Supreme Court Rejects Expert’s “Rule of Thumb” Assessment 

In State v. Roberson Burney (A-14-22/086966) (Decided August 2, 2023), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held it was cumulative error for the trial court to admit two pieces of evidence: expert testimony that defendant’s cell phone was likely near a crime scene based on a “rule of thumb” approximation