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Criminal Practice – Detective’s Testimony – Expert or Lay – Revolver Trigger Actions – Accidental Discharge Defense (access required)

In order to refute defendant’s claim that his gun – which was never found – discharged accidentally, a detective gave the jury a rudimentary explanation of how single-action and double-action revolvers are fired. Since this explanation could be grasped immediately by the jury, no expert testimony was required. We modify and affirm the Court of Appeals’ ...

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