U.S. Federal Court Issues Daubert Ruling Affirming Scientific Validity of Leica ScanStation Evidence

By Michael Cunningham, Oct. 4, 2013

On September 30, 2013, United States Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth, presiding over the U.S District Court For The District Of New Mexico, issued an order granting a Daubert Motion to affirmatively admit Leica Geosystems ScanStation evidence and related expert testimony in the case of Stephan Cordova v. City of Albuquerque, et al. 

The civil lawsuit against the City of Albuquerque stems from an incident on July 30, 2008, when Albuquerque police officers shot and wounded Stephan Cordova. In the judge’s ruling, he noted that plaintiff’s attorneys did not object to the scientific and technical validity of Leica ScanStation evidence or dispute that city defendants had laid a proper scientific and technical foundation for the admissibility of this evidence.

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This ruling is a noteworthy development for anyone planning on submitting courtroom exhibits from Leica ScanStation data. The ruling can be downloaded here.

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Mike Cunningham of Leica GeosystemsAbout the author: After a 26 year career, Mike Cunningham retired from the New York City Police Department in 2012 as a Detective 1st Grade and the senior ranking Investigator in the Crime Scene Unit. In addition to his many years of CSI experience, he was a forensics instructor for the NYPD and is a Certified Instructor for Department of Homeland Security course "Advanced Forensics for Hazardous Environments" and "Integrated Response to WMD Incidents" As a contractor for the U.S. State Department, he served as an International Police Instructor for "Forensic Examination of Terrorist Crime Scenes" delivered to US anti-terrorism partner nations. Mike served his country with distinction and professionalism for ten months at Ground Zero in the aftermath of September 11th. He is an IAI Certified Crime Scene Investigator and a New York State Certified Police Instructor.