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  •  There are specific rules in law (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight

    pertaining to expert witnesses, and it is at all times known who called the expert. They can be questioned on their qualifications before they testify. They can only speak from their knowledge and have to state their opinion as opinion. They can and almost always are cross examined by the opposing lawyer.

    You have to have expert witnesses in a lot of cases. They are needed to advise on a person's mental state if there is a question of a defense on that basis — or do you think a judge or jury can decide that from seeing a defendant in court for a few hours?

    Experts are required in all malpractice cases and many other types of cases. The justice system couldn't get along without them.

    All are subject to questioning as to their qualifications and everything they say. They can not give an opinion as to the final issue of law.

    And as you saw here, the judge can throw out the testimony of any expert s/he wants.

    Yes there can be hired guns and biased experts; it's the attorney's job to show that.

    "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - Rabbi Tarfon

    by samddobermann on Fri May 07, 2010 at 02:32:53 PM PDT

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