Louisiana Enacts Law Authorizing Testimony by Eyewitness Identification Experts

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Psychologists who study perception and memory have long understood that eyewitness identifications of criminal suspects are notoriously unreliable. Unfortunately, jurors do not understand the scientific basis for mistaken eyewitness identifications unless they are educated by expert witnesses. In the past, prosecution-friendly judges were inclined to disallow expert testimony with the dismissive observation that jurors already […]

Psychiatrist To Testify in NXIVM “Cult” Trial

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The prosecution in the case against NXIVM leader Keith Raniere has filed notice that it plans to call psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner as an expert witness at trial to help establish that NXIVM is similar to a cult. NXIVM NXIVM is a multi-level marketing company based in Albany, New York, that offers personal development seminars. […]

Expert Has Performed Autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein

New York City’s chief medical officer has performed an autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein, but the results were inconclusive. Jeffrey Epstein’s Apparent Suicide On Saturday, August 10, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons announced that Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. The agency called Epstein’s death an […]

Standard of Care Expert Opinions Held Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment

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Doctors commit malpractice when they breach the standard they should follow when caring for a patient. The applicable standard of care is a matter of expert opinion. Reversing a summary judgment in favor of a doctor, the Georgia Court of Appeals recently emphasized that it is the job of a jury, not the trial judge, […]

Expert Witness List Released in Texas Police Murder Trial

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The expert witness list has been publicly released in the murder trial of a former Dallas Police Officer who shot and killed a man in his own apartment after mistaking him for an intruder. The Killing On September 16, 2018, Amber Guyger, 30, was off-duty but in her police uniform when she shot and killed […]

Experts Differ in State Court Challenge to NC Redistricting

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Expert witnesses have finished tangling, at least for the moment, in the North Carolina redistricting dispute. After a narrow majority of the Supreme Court refused to impose constitutional barriers to partisan redistricting, federal challenges to political gerrymandering in North Carolina became impossible to pursue. Challengers are now basing their claims on the state constitution, a […]

JNJ Expert Testifies No Link Between Talc and Ovarian Cancer

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A New Jersey federal court judge will determine the fate of almost 12,000 lawsuits that claim that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing baby powder causes women to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.  The Lawsuits Plaintiffs from all around the United States have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the talc that is contained in […]

Toxicity Experts Debate the Risk of Glyphosate Found in Children’s Cereal

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The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, recently published the results of a study that revealed that the herbicide Roundup was detected in all 21 of the oat-based cereals and snack products that it tested.  All but four of these products contained levels of glyphosate that are […]