Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them

Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them

Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them

Order two copies of this book: one for yourself and one for your expert witness. It will give experts the confidence they need to be comfortable in court, and give you the skills necessary to emphasize the credibility of your experts. You can avoid pitfalls such as unintentional signals, inappropriate demeanor and appearance, and awkward body language by using Expert Testimony as your guide.

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Q&A: Would religious affiliation nullify testimony by an expert witness?

Question by Kell: Would religious affiliation nullify testimony by an expert witness?
Scenario: Arguments are being made at the Roe v. Wade trial. Wade brings in an embryologist as an expert witness. The opposing counsel objects because the respected embryologist is a pro-life Catholic who often writes articles refuting abortion.

Does the judge refuse to allow the embryologist to testify?

In other words – does an “expert witness” have to be irreligious?

Any clarification on this will be greatly appreciated.

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Answer by Enzo
He does not have to be irreligious as long as his beliefs did not get in the way of an accurate testimony. I doubt religious beliefs will get in the way

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Would religious affiliation nullify testimony by an expert witness?

Question by Kell: Would religious affiliation nullify testimony by an expert witness?
Scenario: Arguments are being made at the Roe v. Wade trial. Wade brings in an embryologist as an expert witness. The opposing counsel objects because the respected embryologist is a pro-life Catholic who often writes articles refuting abortion.

Does the judge refuse to allow the embryologist to testify?

In other words – does an “expert witness” have to be irreligious?

Any clarification on this will be greatly appreciated.
Kim, thank you. The embryologist would not give any of his “religious” disagreements with abortion. He would only be giving his vast embryological testimony regarding the “science” of when a human life begins.

But is this open for interpretation by the judge? If the opposing counsel disagreed that he should be allowed to be an expert witness does the judge still HAVE to let him testify or is the law such that the judge “could” make a determination that the witness had a conflict of interest?
I see Go AZ. So the judge could NOT prevent an expert witness from testifying for either side. So let’s say that counsel A called his expert embryologist to testify that life begins at conception. Then the judge has to allow him to testify – right? But at the same time – the opposing counsel B could call in an expert embryologist who may cast doubt about when life begins – correct?

Am I understanding this correctly?

Best answer:

Answer by Kim
No, an expert witness does not have to be irreligious.

However, a witness’ testimony should be limited to his area of expertise. In your scenario, the embryologist should restrict his testimony to his medical views, without bringing religion into it. When it comes to presenting the religious view on abortion, a different witness would be preferable.

Edit: judges have very wide latitude in such matters. If the judge thinks the witness has a conflict of interest, he can prevent the witness from testifying. But if a judge disallowed testimony because of the witness’ religion, I would bet money that the case would be overturned on appeal.

Edit 2: in theory, the judge could prevent the witness from testifying. But in practice, the judge would “have to” let the witnesses testify if they both had good scientific credentials and the nature of their testimony was scientific, lest the case be overturned on appeal. What would probably happen in such a case is that both sides would call in opposing experts.

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CPS aka Child Protective Services depends crucially upon the authority of expert witnesses when they take their cases to court, aiming to severe the sacred bonds between parents and children. These expert witnesses are held in high regard by both judges and juries, who are often mightily impressed by the mere presence of such experts. Yet (as books such as Whores of the Court show), these experts are often nothing more than corrupt, incompetent whores, willing to sell their souls for a bit of false grandeur and a quick buck. The crimes against humanity that are perhaps amongst the most heinous are those committed by experts who give false and / or misleading testimony in an effort to bolster the case of CPS aka Child Protective Services, who have proven – time and again – that they will do anything to rip babies and children from the arms of those who love them best. For more Information: THE CHARLES SMITH BLOG: smithforensic.blogspot.com Smith gave testimony in Ohio murder trial Disgraced pathologist had given evidence in case where jurors suggested death penalty February 09, 2008 Theresa Boyle and Isabel Teotonio, Staff Reporters truthinjustice.org Smith’s victim gets bail – WHAT TOOK SO LONG AND WHY ISN’T SMITH IN JAIL???!!!! www.cbc.ca www.goudgeinquiry.ca Dr. Charles Smith’s (as he was then known) Factum: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca www.cbc.ca whoresofthecourt.com (Free Download of Book Available) www.franklincase.org http www.connecticutdcfwatch.com http www
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