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By Jack V. Matson

The testimony of knowledgeable witness may end up in luck or failure in circumstances that hinge at the presentation’s effect on a jury. Effective professional Witnessing, 5th version: Practices for the twenty first Century explores the basics of litigation, trial training, court docket presentation, and the enterprise of professional witnessing. greatly up-to-date to mirror new advancements because the final variation, it offers functional recommendation permitting professional witnesses and legal professionals to maximise the effectiveness in their specialist testimony.

The 5th variation contains 3 new chapters. the 1st makes use of a hypothetical case research to discover specialist witness immunity and concerns relating to expert malpractice and civil legal responsibility. In a bankruptcy on psychology and the artwork of professional persuasion, famous social psychologist and witness practise professional Ann T. Greeley unearths the psychology of juries, discusses what makes knowledgeable powerful, and gives suggestions for conveying potent testimony via verbal and nonverbal habit and images and expertise. the ultimate bankruptcy surveys 9 of the worst blunders knowledgeable could make and gives how to keep away from them.

Accompanying the ebook is a useful CD-ROM during which Dr. Matson introduces videos demonstrating potent and useless specialist testimony at deposition and trial. The publication and supplemental CD-ROM supply powerful ideas making sure that professional witnesses have the absolute best virtue in featuring testimony that's credible, persuasive, and compelling.

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A Word on Junk Science What is junk science? At its worst, junk science is the willful manipulation of biased data, false or erroneous conclusions, and fraudulent methodology in the attempt to substantiate a point “scientifically” that, in reality, cannot be substantiated. At its best, junk science is science or theory that has not been subjected to the scientific method and therefore lacks defensible support in the scientific community. More often than not, however, “junk science” is a pejorative term leveled at a novel or emerging scientific theory merely because it has not been thoroughly vetted in the scientific community, even though it is grounded in fundamental scientific principles.

Studies and reports not sent out for external scrutiny and publication are not considered peer reviewed. The known or potential error rate of the science. “Error rate” is the expected error associated with a scientific method or technique, based upon available data, applied data, and the testing environment. It can be described in various ways, such as error percentages, statistical confidence levels, units of plausibility, boundary conditions, etc. Just because a technique may have a high error rate does not mean that it is unreliable.

Rather, experts are obligated to lay out carefully how the methodology and principles logically lead to their conclusions—for example, by providing a detailed expert report. * Carmichael v. Kumho Tire Company (1998) One year after Joiner, the Supreme Court decided Carmichael v. † In Kumho, the Ford minivan driven by the plaintiff blew a rear tire on Interstate 65 in Baldwin County, Alabama. As a result of the blowout, the minivan overturned, killing one passenger and injuring seven. The plain* Anthony Z.

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