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1st Edition

Expert Witnessing
Explaining and Understanding Science

Edited By

Carl Meyer

ISBN 9780849311970
Published December 29, 1998 by Routledge
256 Pages

USD $200.00

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Book Description

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.

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

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"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