CASE LAW UPDATE: Expert testimony regarding jargon or sex trafficking admissible as helpful to the jury
Defendant was convicted in federal court for sex trafficking. Defendant appealed. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that admission of prior sex act evidence was relevant to show defendant’s knowledge and intent, and, whether prostitution was voluntary. Expert testimony as to the business and jargon of sex trafficking was admissible on the grounds it was useful to the jury. Affirmed.
United States v. Washington, 19-1159, per curiam. Appealed from the United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.