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December 5th, 2016

Parrot To Testify in a Murder Trial?...

· Criminology and Investigations, Expert Witness

Forget the star expert witness. The prosecutor in the murder trial of Glenna Duram is threatening to put a parrot on the stand. A foul-mouthed parrot at that. It seems that the family pet was the only possible witness to the crime. And since it repeats everything the victim in this case says, the parrot’s […]

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November 30th, 2016

Self-Taught Expert Allowed in Slager Trial...

· Criminology and Investigations, Forensics

A mostly self-taught crime scene expert was certified in the trial of North Charleston officer Michael Slager. Slager is accused of shooting a motorist during a failed traffic stop. The expert is the final prosecution witness and was set to challenge the State Law Enforcement Division’s conclusions regarding the incident. After a four hour hearing, […]

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November 28th, 2016

Gun Expert Challenged in Kleopa Murder Trial...

· Criminology and Investigations, Forensics

Prosecutors challenged a firearms safety expert in the lead up to the trail of George Kleopa. He is charged with the 2012 shooting of his live-in girlfriend.  Kleopa maintains that the shooting was accidental. The defense wants the firearms safety expert to testify as to how the gun used in the killing was accidentally discharged. […]

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November 10th, 2016

Anti-Trust Expert Opinions Challenged in Gumwood Lawsuit...

· Business and Financial, Experts, Liability

A federal district court judge recently tackled challenges to the testimony of experts for both parties to the Gumwood HP Shopping Partners v. Simon Property Group antitrust lawsuit. The judge’s opinion is highly instructive to all expert witnesses, not just economics professionals testifying as antitrust experts in tying cases. At issue here is whether Simon […]

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November 7th, 2016

Despite Digital Forensics Expert Garcia Convicted of Murder...

· Computer, Criminology and Investigations, Forensics

Though the jury in the Anthony Garcia murder trial heard a digital forensics expert claim that investigators contaminated phone evidence, it found the defendant guilty on four charges of first degree murder. In fairness to the expert, the defense faced a daunting challenge in this case. The phone only representing a key turn in the […]

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November 4th, 2016

Good Reads For Expert Witnesses...

· Business and Financial, Criminology and Investigations, EWN News, Psychiatry and Psychology

Hot-Tubbing Expert Witnesses The Daily Business Review published an article outlining the case for concurrent expert evidence direction (also known as the tandem experts process). Instead of each party putting on its expert in an asynchronous fashion as part of their case, an agreement is made to “hot tub” or put all experts on a […]

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November 2nd, 2016

Expert Alleges Security Company Responsible for Stage Collap...

· Experts, Safety and Regulation, Sciences and Engineering

Five years after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse that claimed the lives of seven people and injured dozens more, the litigation continues. While the State Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not liable for damages, the plaintiffs continue to pursue the last of the private parties associated with the Sugarland concert […]

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October 31st, 2016

Financial Expert Challenged in Lynn Tilton Fraud Case...

· Business and Financial, Criminology and Investigations, Experts

Last week, an SEC financial expert witness testified that fund manager Lynn Tilton misled investors in a group of collateralized-loan obligations known as the Zohar funds by improperly categorizing loans made to portfolio companies. The SEC argues that the loans should have been reported as in default because payments had been missed. Tilton’s lawyers did […]

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October 28th, 2016

Sleep Driving Defense Fails...

· Accidents and Injuries, Criminology and Investigations, Psychiatry and Psychology

Despite testimony from an expert witness supportive of a sleep driving defense, a Michigan woman was found guilty of operating while intoxicated. She had no alcohol in her system when tested by police. Instead, her impairment was likely related to her taking of the sleep aid Ambien. The sleep driving defense has failed in the […]

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October 24th, 2016

DWI Forensics Analyst Accused of Perjury...

· Criminology and Investigations, EWN News, Experts, Forensics

There’s another problem with a DWI forensic analyst in Texas. On the heels of questions about a forensics analyst lying about credentials, now thousands more DWI cases are potentially at risk. It all started when a Department of Public Safety DWI forensics analyst pled the Fifth during a DWI trial in Collin County. The prosecutor […]

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