Fatal Car Crash May Test Florida Expert Rule

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The new trial of a man who was previously convicted of five counts of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison may be the test for how Florida courts apply the recently adopted Daubert standard. The Crash On April 13, 2013, a then-21-year-old Jabari Kemp, was behind the wheel of a Mercedes sports […]

Eighth Circuit Reverses District Judge Who Allowed Expert to Amend a Report

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Philip Petrone and other named plaintiffs brought a class action lawsuit against Werner Enterprises and Drivers Management. The class consisted of student truck drivers who alleged violations of state and federal wage laws. Specifically, the student drivers argued that they were entitled to unpaid wages for time that they spent on short rest breaks and […]

DNA Expert Testifies in High-Speed Chase and Shootout Trial

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A DNA expert has offered “likelihood ratio” testimony in the trial of two co-defendants who are on trial for leading police officers on a high-speed chase through downtown Cheyenne while shooting guns. The Chase On May 3, 2019, Chasity Jacobs and Dominique Childers were arrested following a high-speed chase and shootout that took place in […]

Vermont Prosecutors Seek to Exclude Defense Expert Because He Testifies for the Defense

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Peggy Lee Shores has been charged in Rutland County, Vermont with murdering her husband. The defense argues that David Shores killed himself. Relying on an expert opinion, the defense asked the court to dismiss the charge. The prosecution responded with the uncontroversial argument that conflicts in the evidence should be decided by the jury. The […]

Federal Court Permits Limited Expert Testimony in Credit Reporting Lawsuit

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Amber Cramer sued Bay Area Credit Service and certain other defendants for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). She relied on two expert witnesses to prove the violations. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri decided that, subject to certain limitations, the experts should be allowed to testify. Facts of the […]

Defense Tries to Bar Expert in Murder Hate Crime Trial

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The defense team in the trial of a man who has been charged with a murder and hate crime has filed a motion to bar the testimony of an expert on white supremacy. The Crime In May 2017,  U.S. Army Lt. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student, was visiting his friends at the […]

Cult Expert Not Allowed to Testify in Tax Case

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Cathy Truitt filed seven tax returns in 2009, each claiming her entitlement to a $300,000 refund. The IRS recognized that six of returns were fraudulent, but inexplicably issued the refund demanded by the seventh return. Within a week, the IRS recognized its error and demanded that Truitt return the money. By that time, Truitt had […]

Conflicting Expert Testimony Held Insufficient to Grant New Trial

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About ten years ago, a Texas jury sentenced George Powell to 28 years in prison for an aggravated robbery. Texas allows defendants to elect whether the judge or jury will determine the sentence in noncapital cases. Powell’s conviction was affirmed on appeal. Powell’s conviction was based in part on a video of the convenience store […]