Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Experts Not Absolutely Immune

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A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has ruled that licensed professionals who serve as expert witnesses owe the same duty to the party that hires them as they would to any client and that witness immunity is not a defense against professional malpractice. Foreclosure Case Diana and Spiro Voutsaras defaulted on a commercial mortgage that […]

Judge Allows Expert Fingerprint Testimony Despite Other Matches

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A judge has decided to allow expert fingerprint testimony in a murder trial, despite concern that there were also other fingerprint matches. The Murder The body of 35-year-old Tara O’Shea-Watson was found in December 2016 with stab wounds all over her throat, chest, and stomach. Her body was found in her home near two Christmas […]

New York Court Permits Life Care Planning Expert to Rely on Hearsay

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Thomas Tornatore sued his chiropractor for malpractice. A New York jury determined that the chiropractor, Dr. Jean Cohen, was responsible for Tornatore’s injuries. A portion of the jury’s award of damages covered future life care expenses. Tornatore presented an expert in life care planning to testify about his future life care expenses. The trial court […]

The Psychology of Deadly Force Debate

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As the use of psychology in the defense of police officer shootings becomes more common, a debate has arisen over whether it is appropriate to allow expert testimony on the connection between stress and deadly force. Defense of Jason Van Dyke Jason Van Dyke was a white police officer who shot Laquan McDonald, a black […]

Judge Orders Expert Witness Questioning in UFC Lawsuit

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A Las Vegas federal court judge has postponed a hearing on two dispositive motions and instead ordered the questioning of seven expert witnesses in the antitrust suit that former fighters filed against the UFC. The Lawsuit In December 2014, former fighters brought an antitrust lawsuit against the UFC, alleging that the company used an “anticompetitive […]

ICE Claims Ex-Official Not Authorized To Testify as Expert

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The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has publicly rebuked a former official for giving testimony as a paid expert witness for GEO Group. The Testimony Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employee Tracey Valerio was retained by GEO Group to give testimony in Ugochukwu Goodluck et. al v. The Geo Group. Valerio was […]

Prosecutor Proposes to Allow Expert Testimony to Address Misconceptions About Sexual Assault Victims

An Iowa prosecutor has proposed new legislation that would allow expert testimony in sexual assault cases to address some common misconceptions about victims and help jurors better understand how victims respond to trauma. First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks proposed the legislation after the widely-publicized United States Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh.  […]

Jesse Ventura Testifies as Motorcycle Club Expert

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Jesse “The Body” Ventura is known as a professional wrestler and as the governor of Minnesota. He is also considering a run for the presidency in 2020. He recently added a new credential to his resume, that of expert witness. Federal prosecutors accused the Mongols Motorcycle Club of racketeering. The government argued that the “outlaw” […]