Does the trial court abuse its funding for expert testimony at sentencing?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Cesar G. (In re Cesar G.), A149380, A151515 (Cal. App. 2019):

The trial court did not abuse its discretion here. First, in the sentencing phase, as opposed to the guilt phase, a defendant is generally not entitled to funding for experts. (People v. Stuckey (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 898, 907-920.) While there may be an exception when the defense requires an expert to rebut prosecution experts (id. at p. 917), in this case the prosecution did not present expert testimony at sentencing.

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