The Provisional Admission of Parol Evidence?By Aaron T. DozemanMay 2015Article, Page 34The four corners rule bars admission of parol evidence to interpret contracts unless they're ambiguous. But in rare cases, the provisional admission approach might allow such evidence.
Flawed Facts and Fact-FindersBy Hon. Ron SpearsFebruary 2015Column, Page 44More judges are being asked to allow expert testimony about eyewitness ID and confessions.
When Criminal Evidence Goes MissingBy Colby G. HathawayOctober 2014Article, Page 490What happens when police destroy evidence or prosecutors don't disclose it? This article explains when defendants can claim due process violations and seek discovery sanctions.
Using a Police Report to Help Prove Your Civil CaseBy James P. LoobyAugust 2014Article, Page 390Under the right circumstances, you can help prove or defend your civil case by using the investigating police officer's report as a past recollection recorded.
Building Your Case with Social Media EvidenceBy Ed FinkelJune 2014Article, Page 276Can you get the other side's damaging Facebook posts into evidence? How do you make sure they don't vanish? Here's a look at emerging principles and best practices.
Choosing an Economist for Your Personal Injury CaseBy Scott GilbertMay 2014Article, Page 232How can you tell whether economist-experts' damages estimates will help or hurt your case? You'll find important clues by looking at how they make a few key calculations.
Silence as Self-Incrimination after Salinas v. TexasBy Robin B. MurphyApril 2014Article, Page 184After Salinas, non-custodial suspects must expressly invoke the right to remain silent, or silence can be held against them. But in Illinois, state law provides some evidentiary protection.
A Guide to the Confrontation ClauseBy Geoffrey BurkhartJune 2013Article, Page 304When does the Sixth Amendment require prosecutors to produce a live witness rather than an out-of-court statement against a defendant? Here's a look at the latest developments.
A Primer on Medical Records as EvidenceBy Brion DohertyFebruary 2013Article, Page 82Knowing how and when medical records are admissible in a p.i. trial means understanding the business records hearsay exception.