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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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Good Reads For Expert Witnesses

November 4th, 2016 · No Comments · 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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Sleep Driving Defense Fails

October 28th, 2016 · No Comments · 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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Expert Witnesses Differ in Derrick Rose Rape Trial

October 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Medical, Psychiatry and Psychology

The civil sexual assault lawsuit filed against Derrick Rose was handed to the jury yesterday. The jurors will have to sort through two weeks of sordid testimony they probably never wanted to hear. Regardless of outcome, none of the people involved will walk away with their respective reputations intact. The plaintiff’s psychologist expert witness testified […]

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False Confession Expert Testifies in Murder Trial

October 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Medical, Psychiatry and Psychology

A law professor specializing in police interrogation practices testified in the trial of a Bay Area teen accused of murdering her newborn baby. Called as an expert witness in false confessions, he noted several risk factors for a false confession in his review of the video of the defendant’s interrogation. The expert argued that the […]

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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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Being Kidnapped Failed to Make Elizabeth Smart an Expert on Being Kidnapped

February 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Criminology and Investigations, Psychiatry and Psychology

Apparently a psychiatrist knows more about how a kidnapped woman feels than a woman that was kidnapped. Or at least that’s what a California judge must think following a Daubert hearing.   That’s a Daubert hearing gone wrong in my opinion, but I’m willing to listen to the defense’s argument.   Smart was called by […]

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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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Signs of Abuse: Introduction to Elder Abuse

September 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Family, Child and Elder, Infographic, Medical, Nursing, Psychiatry and Psychology

By 2050, it is expected that people 65 and older will be 20% of the U.S. population. The “Boomer Generation” effect will increase the need for elder care and will be the breeding ground for potential elder abuse cases. For the vast majority of elder abuse cases, 90% of the abusers were family members. From […]

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Attacking The Science Behind Expert Witness Testimony Just Got Easier

September 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Experts, Forensics, Psychiatry and Psychology

Last week the Washington Post wrote an article commenting on the results of a paper entitled “Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science.” The authors of the paper tried to replicate the results of one hundred published psychological studies but were only able to do so just 39 percent of the time. The Washington Post article […]

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