Rule 704. Opinion on an Ultimate Issue.
An opinion is not objectionable just because it embraces an ultimate issue.
Pa.R.E. 704 is identical to F.R.E. 704(a).
F.R.E. 704(b) is not adopted. The Federal Rule prohibits an expert witness in a criminal case from stating an opinion about whether the defendant did or did not have a mental state or condition that constitutes an element of the crime charged or a defense. This is inconsistent with Pennsylvania law. Commonwealth v. Walzack, 468 Pa. 210, 360 A.2d 914 (1976).
Adopted May 8, 1998, effective October 1, 1998; rescinded and replaced January 17, 2013, effective March 18, 2013.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the January 17, 2013 rescission and replacement published with the Courts Order at 43 Pa.B. 651 (February 2, 2013).
The provisions of this Rule 704 rescinded and replaced January 17, 2013, effective in sixty days, 43 Pa.B. 620. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (299643) to (299644).
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