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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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What is Reasonable Expert Disclosure?

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments · 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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Oracle Challenges Economist Expert Witness

June 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Business and Financial, Legal

Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, is one of those business people that have been involved with his fair share of litigation. Certainly, Oracle is no novice when it comes to the courtroom. They’ve battled Google and lost earlier this year and they’re fighting it out with HP right now. I spent a fair amount […]

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Getty’s Attorney Impeaches Experts and Avoids Death Sentence

June 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Legal

The first time I saw an article about Trent Getty, I saw those garish tattoos on his face and hands. The second article, I saw the angelic face of the infant daughter he was accused of killing. It was easy to figure out why this was a death penalty case.   To all those people […]

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The Affluenza Teen’s On the Run! Expert Witness Remorse Sets In

December 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Legal, Psychiatry and Psychology

Ethan Couch killed four innocent people when he plowed into them while driving drunk. His wealthy parents hired great attorneys. The great attorneys hired an expert witness that successfully argued that Ethan couldn’t be held accountable for his actions because he was the victim of “affluenza” — the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never […]

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Prosecutors Accuse DNA Expert of Attempting to Gain a Competitive Advantage Through Discovery

December 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Expert Witness, Forensics, Legal, Sciences and Engineering

At least since 2005, Americans have been convinced of the infallibility of DNA evidence. Popular television show like CSI and Law & Order have created a phenomenon known as the CSI Effect. They don’t even show the trials where DNA is involved. The climax is the lab result.   When I searched Google News for […]

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Should an Expert Witness Become an Advocate in Local Government Hearings?

December 1st, 2015 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Expert Witness, Legal

Wetland expert witnesses spend plenty of time in front of planning commissions. The same could be said of civil engineers and construction experts. But most recently, my attention was drawn to the characterization of the testimony of a traffic expert.   The reporter likened the scene to a cross examination in a courtroom. As I […]

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Jared Fogle Tragedy Ends With an Expert Witness Backlash

November 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Legal

Jared Fogle the former Subway spokesperson, was sentenced to more than fifteen years for sex with minors and child pornography. He’ll be required to serve thirteen years before being eligible for parole. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt accepted a plea deal where Fogle admitted to a host of charges in exchange for prosecutors not […]

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When Countering the Bugs Bunny Defense Less is More

November 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Accidents and Injuries, Criminology and Investigations, Forensics, Legal

The CBS News Show 48 Hours covered the bizarre case of Linda Duffey and her trial for the murder of her husband, Patrick. Linda had just been convicted and sentenced to forty years in prison.   This was the second trial of Duffey following a mistrial in the first.   Duffey never denied shooting her […]

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Is Daubert Too Expensive?

October 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Attorneys, Criminology and Investigations, Expert Witness, Legal

The Florida Bar was set to vote on a recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court to abandon the Daubert Standard last Friday. Instead it decided to postpone the vote until its December 4, 2015 meeting. Opponents argue that Daubert drives up costs. It causes mini-trials within the trial. It forces delays. I like the argument. […]

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