Federal court disparity between the treatment of government agents and defense private investigators

EvidenceProf Blog writes about two recent cases — one from the 6th Circuit, the other from the 10th — that highlight the courts’ different treatment of private investigators and government agents. The government can keep a private investigator out of the courtroom when she’s not testifying, under Federal Rule of Evidence 615, because she’s not the “employee of a party which is not a natural person [the government] designated as its representative by its attorney”.
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