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December 19th, 2016

How Does a Cult Expert Qualify to Testify?...

· Attorneys, Certification, Expert Witness, Legal, Medical, Psychiatry and Psychology

In 2016, we’ve seen some courts marching toward a more scientific approach to expert testimony and the application of a higher standard of qualification. So how did a self-proclaimed “cult specialist” and “deprogrammer” end up testifying before a grand jury in a New York murder investigation? That’s what the defense in the case wanted to know. […]

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December 16th, 2016

Environmental Expert Jailed by EPA?...

· Certification, Expert Witness, Experts, Manufacturing, Construction and Farming, Safety and Regulation, Sciences and Engineering

Is it possible that the EPA jailed an environmental expert witness to shut her up? That’s what an article in The Intercept would have you believe. It’s the classic story of racial bigotry in the Deep South. Of evil corporations polluting at will. Of one person willing to stand up for the oppressed and being […]

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December 14th, 2016

School Experts Testify in Birmingham Battle...

· Business and Financial, Computer, Experts, Family, Child and Elder

School district mapping experts, financial experts and racial diversity experts were called to help a federal judge decide whether to allow Gardendale to separate from the Jefferson County Alabama school district. The judge has to decide because the Jefferson County school system has been under a desegregation order since 1971. Several other localities have separated […]

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December 13th, 2016

Is The Use of Cell Phone Experts Obsolete?...

· Experts

Will cell phone experts go the way of bite mark experts and hair sample experts? A person serving a 20 year sentence based upon cell phone evidence hopes so, at least in his case. An appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court is set to force another judicial body to wade into the divided legal landscape […]

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December 8th, 2016

What is Reasonable Expert Disclosure?...

· Attorneys, Illness, Injuries, Addiction, Legal, Liability, Medical

How much detail is reasonable in an expert witness report? The Court of Appeals in Rivera v Montefiore Med. Ctr. 2016 NY Slip Op 06854 recently addressed this issue in affirming a lower court decision. In short, the court warned attorneys in the state of New York that it is their responsibility to ask for […]

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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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