Is Bloodhound Evidence Admissible In Court ?

Can bloodhound evidence be used in court ? In People v. Lefler, 294 Ill. App. 3d 305, 689 N.E.2d 1209, 228 Ill. Dec. 788 (1998), the appellate court applied the prohibition of the admission of bloodhound evidence to the claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. Lefler, 294 Ill. App. 3d at 310-13. Regarding the first prong of Strickland (Strickland, 466 U.S. at 687, 80 L. Ed. 2d at 693, 104 S. Ct. at 2064), the court held that "a reasonably effective attorney would never have tolerated the admission of bloodhound evidence." Lefler, 294 Ill. App. 3d at 311. However, the court determined that defense counsel was not ineffective, because the defendant could not establish that, absent defense counsel's error, the outcome of the trial would have been different. Lefler, 294 Ill. App. 3d at 313.