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Neurol Clin. 1999 May;17(2):355-62.

Expert witness testimony: A trial judge's perspective.

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United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, New York 11201, USA.

Abstract

This article discusses the use of expert, scientific testimony in Judge Weinstein's courtroom cases that involved Agent Orange, silicone breast implants, repetitive stress injuries, diethylstilbestrol (DES), and asbestos. The author summarizes the evidentiary standards for admitting expert, scientific testimony, and discusses some of the unique ethical and logistical issues presented by such evidence. Advice is offered for prospective expert witnesses. Possible solutions to the problems the legal and scientific communities face in balancing society's need for expert evidence and its limitations are addressed.

PMID:
10196416
DOI:
10.1016/s0733-8619(05)70138-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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