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How Does a Cult Expert Qualify to Testify?

December 19th, 2016 · No Comments · 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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Environmental Expert Jailed by EPA?

December 16th, 2016 · No Comments · 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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Parrot To Testify in a Murder Trial?

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · 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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Are Cops Still Credible as Experts?

October 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Expert Witness, Experts

The CrimeReport recently reported about a forthcoming article in the Harvard Law Review that questions whether the use of police officers as “experts” on the witness stand is helpful to juries and judges, or an attempt to “expand police authority in multiple areas of the law.” I must admit I’m experiencing a high degree of […]

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Expert Witness Sandbagging in Murder Trial?

October 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Expert Witness, Illness, Injuries, Addiction, Medical, Psychiatry and Psychology

Being a judge in a murder trial must feel like being a vice presidential debate moderator. Both sides are aggressively trying to be the one to get the last premeditated zinger in before you put a stop to it. In determining the next holder of the most powerful political office in the world and in […]

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Cadre Of Experts Testify in Double Murder

October 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, DNA, Expert Witness, Forensics

More than a half dozen expert witnesses testified in the double-homicide case against Brad Gillespie in a single day last week. Gillespie was charged with deaths of Hannah Fischer and Frank Tracy, Jr. in Paulding County, Ohio. The prosecution faced an uphill battle in this complex case. The victims were murdered in the same location […]

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Construction Expert Witness Testifies in Fatal Building Collapse

September 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Expert Witness, Manufacturing, Construction and Farming

A construction expert witness testified that New York real estate speculator Richard Basciano is responsible for the 2013 building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 inside a Salvation Army store in Philadelphia. Basciano’s lawyer maintains that his client “did not know how to demolish a building” so he can’t be held responsible for […]

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DNA Expert Supports “Traveling Hair” Defense

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Certification, Criminology and Investigations, DNA, Expert Witness

The defense called a DNA expert in the capital murder trial of Mark Alan Norwood. Norwood was on trial for the 1988 death of Debra Masters Baker. The expert testified that there were many explanations for the discovery of Norwood’s pubic hair at the murder scene. It was one of the defense’s many attempts to […]

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Expert Accused of Lying About Credentials

September 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Certification, Computer, Expert Witness, Experts, Forensics

A Tampa man that served as an expert witness was arrested and held in a Polk County jail. He’s accused of lying under oath at least 5 different times in cases involving child porn and child sex abuse. According to police, the expert lied about his college degree, his military service, his level of security […]

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Expert Witnesses Disagree Whether Death Was a Suicide

September 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Certification, Criminology and Investigations, Experts

During the prosecution’s case, a crime scene analyst expert witness testified that Deborah Hovestadt’s death was not a suicide. Darryl Taylor, the man accused of murdering Hovestadt, had alleged that her death was not at his hands. When the defense presented its case, they provided an expert witness that testified that the death was in […]

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