NJ Will Not Allow Experts to Testify About How Children Act After Sexual Abuse

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The New Jersey Supreme Court will no longer allow experts to testify about a scientific theory that describes how some children act after sexual abuse. The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Theory The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome theory, or CSAAS, was proposed by Dr. Roland Summit in 1983.  Dr. Summit proposed the theory to […]

Expert Pathologist Implicates Police Officer in Shooting

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An expert pathologist has implicated a police officer in the 2014 shooting death of a 22-year-old Ohio man. The Shooting On August 5, 2014, Officer Sean Williams and Sergeant David Darkow responded to a 911 caller who reported that a man in Walmart had a rifle.  Williams would testify that the 911 dispatchers told him […]

Trial Delayed Because of Expert’s Padded Resumé

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The trial of a man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl has been delayed because his defense attorney believes that one of his expert witnesses may have falsified his resumé. Death of Kiera Quintana On July 15, 2017, 17-year-old Kiera Quintana was shot to death while sitting inside of a car in a grocery store […]

Expert Testifies That Lethal Injection Causes Suffering

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An expert pathologist has testified that executed inmates in Tennessee suffered symptoms similar to those who died by drowning, which may constitute unconstitutional torture under the Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution was adopted as part of the Bill of Rights […]

Forensic Experts Testify About Timeline of Dogs’ Death

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A forensic pathologist and forensic entomologist offered important timeline testimony in the trial of a man who is charged with killing two dogs. The Dogs’ Death On November 22, 2014, a landscaper found a black trash bag on top of a pile of leaves that he had collected.  The landscaper was curious about the contents, […]

Judge Limits Cancer Expert Testimony in Monsanto Trial

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A state judge will not allow a cancer-risk expert to testify about the amount of exposure to glyphosate that California has determined causes cancer in the trial over whether Monsanto’s weed killer is carcinogenic. The Lawsuit In 2016, DeWayne Johnson sued Monsanto after he developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Johnson, 46, is the father of three and a […]

Texas Paid Experts $500,000 in Abortion Law Challenges

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has spent over $500,000 on experts to defend the state’s abortion restrictions. Texas Abortion Restrictions In 2013, the state of Texas began enacting a series of abortion laws and restrictions. Texas banned abortions after 20 weeks, limited the use of an abortion drug, required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting […]

Court Limits Expert’s Testimony About Gender Equity in Student Athletic Programs

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Several members of women’s tennis and skiing teams at Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University began a class action lawsuit, alleging that the University’s decision to eliminate those sports violated Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination in educational institutions. The University moved to exclude the expert testimony from Dr. Donna Lopiano on behalf of the plaintiffs. […]

Clinical Psychiatrist Questions Autism Diagnosis in ISIS Vandalism Trial

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A clinical psychiatrist has testified that the behavior of a teen on trial for vandalizing a school with ISIS-themed graffiti and an attempted bombing is not consistent with his autism diagnosis. The Vandalism and Attempted Bombing Incidents On February 15, 2018, a Hurricane High School in St. George, Utah was vandalized with pro-Islamic Style Graffiti […]