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Expert Witnessing

Explaining and Understanding Science, 1st Edition

Edited by Carl Meyer

CRC Press

256 pages

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Hardback: 9780849311970
pub: 1998-12-29
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Communication problems between science and the courts are widely deplored and sometimes exploited by a variety of groups. The U.S. Supreme Court has twice tightened the law of evidence to control the flow of information, but amazingly little has been written to analyze the nature of the problem and reduce the barriers. Expert Witnesses: Explaining and Understanding Science results from the first-hand experience of the contributors-who include scientists, expert witnesses, litigators, and a judge-that the cultural and interdisciplinary communications barriers between science and the law can be greatly reduced to everybody's advantage if the parties understand and respect each other's needs and positions.


"This book will be of interest to any professionals who have been called upon to serve as an expert witness, whether it is the first or 100th litigation they have been involved in."

-Journal of Environmental Quality

Table of Contents

What Judges, Scientists, Physicians and Attorneys Ought to Know about Each Other, C. Meyer

Are Jurors Smart Enough to Understand Scientific Evidence? P.M. Ayd and M.M. Troeger

The Fundamental Differences between Science and Law, R.A. Bohrer

The End of Splendid Isolation: Tensions between Science and Clinical Practice, A.L. Greer

Expert Testimony Involving Chemists and Chemistry, R. Bjur and J.T. Richardson

The Role of Experts in German Environmental Law, C-P. Martens

Distinguishing Good Science, Bad Science, and Junk Science, C. Meyer

The Five Dimensions of Scientific Testimony, K.M. Verdeal

Presenting Sophisticated Scientific Evidence Persuasively: The Role of the Scientific Expert and the Attorney at Trial, P.M Ayd and M.M. Troeger

Forensic Techniques for Establishing the Origin and Timing of a Contaminant Release, R.D. Morrison

Using Epidemiology to Explain Disease Causation to Judges and Juries, L. Erdreich

Medical and Scientific Evidence of Causation: Guidelines for Evaluating Medical Opinion Evidence, S.R. Poulter

Explaining Toxic Chemical Risk in the Courtroom Authority, Storytelling, and Science, W. Roth-Nelson

The Role of Technical Expert Witnesses in Patent Litigation, M. Kaminski

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation