Expert Witness Testimony Frees Woman Unjustly Convicted of Murder

Court Dismisses Expert Witness Lawsuit Against Professional Association

Last year, ExpertPages called attention to the difference that expert witnesses might have made in the prosecution of Rosa Jimenez. Prosecutors in Travis County, Texas claimed that Jimenez caused the death of a child by stuffing paper towels down his throat. No witness saw Jimenez place paper towels in the child’s mouth, but medical experts […]

Forensic Experts Continue to Question Kevin Cooper Conviction

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The murders of Doug and Peggy Ryen and two children in Chino Hills, California, were horrific. They were attacked with a hatchet, an ice pick, and one or two knives. A third child was stabbed but survived the brutal assault. Josh Ryen told the police that three white men had committed the crime. But Josh […]

California Bill Would Improve Quality of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases

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The quality of forensic evidence used in support of criminal prosecutions has been a subject of continuing controversy. In response to a 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences that criticized the state of forensic science, the Obama administration asked the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to identify actions that […]

Expert Witness Report Rule Relaxed in Expedited Litigation

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A Virginia district court has relaxed the expert witness report rule in the case of expedited litigation. The Abduction Bryce Gerald Randall Nowlan and Nina Lynn Nowlan were married and had a daughter, “AEN.” Bryce Nowlan is a Canadian citizen who resides in Canada. Nina Nowlan is an American citizen who currently resides in Virginia. […]

Pratt & Whitney Wants Experts Disqualified in $1 Billion Soil Toxins Suit

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An aerospace and defense company wants a Florida federal judge to disqualify the expert witnesses presented by property owners who have accused it of contaminating their water supply and devaluing their homes. The Lawsuits Five married couples who have children who are members of a pediatric brain tumor cluster designated by the Florida Department of […]

Does the CSI Effect Hurt Prosecutors Who Don’t Rely on Expert Witnesses?

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It has become an urban legend, at least among prosecutors, that jurors have been conditioned by the CSI franchise (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and CSI: Cyber) to expect guilt to be proved beyond doubt by forensic evidence. Prosecutors fear that they will lose cases if they try to prove guilt the […]

Texas Law Firm Claims Allstate Uses Unqualified Experts to Drive Up Litigation Costs

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A Texas law firm has filed a class-action complaint, claiming that Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company has been using unqualified expert witnesses to drive up litigation costs. The Complaint The Estes Law Firm is a Texas law firm that practices personal injury law.  Estes Law claims that Allstate has been putting forth unqualified expert […]