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Forensic Document Experts & $40M Estate Dispute

Forensic Document Experts & $40M Estate Dispute

Forensic document experts will testify in the dispute over the $40M estate of Earl and Winona Field. The experts will examine a codicil that changed beneficiaries in Mr. Field’s will. In the document dated a month before Mr. Fields death, secretary Wanda Oborny was named as the primary beneficiary of the estate, drastically reducing the amount originally planned for the Fort Hays State University Foundation. The codicil directs one half of the estate to go to Oborny, one fourth to Mr. Field’s attorney, and one fourth to the university.

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Firearms Expert Testifies In Home Invasion Case

Firearms Expert Testifies In Home Invasion Case

Firearms expert witness Massad Ayoob testified in the U.S. District Court, District of Montana, homicide case against James Stiffler. Stiffler was accused of fatally shooting Henry Johnson during a home invasion in 2013. The expert witness reviewed police reports, photos, and the scene of the shooting. He testified that the defendant was justified in using […]

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Forensic Expert Witness Association’s Annual Conference May 20, 2016

Forensic Expert Witness Association’s Annual Conference May 20, 2016

The Forensic Expert Witness Association’s Annual Conference will take place in San Francisco on May 20-21, 2016. The Forensic Expert Witness Association’s Annual Conference is a national event that brings together a large and diverse group of professionals from across the country who share common goals related to forensic consulting and expert witness services in all fields of discipline.

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The Expert Witness Challenge

The Expert Witness Challenge

Researching the education and work experience of an expert  is a crucial step in challenging an expert witness. Certifications, licenses, publications, and social media need to be investigated as well. Litigators also examine the relevance between an expert witness’ prior experience and the needs presented by a particular dispute. In 5 Methods of Impeaching a […]

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Jail Operations Expert Witness & Tulsa County Lawsuit

Jail Operations Expert Witness & Tulsa County Lawsuit

Jail related court cases require experts with experience in jail operations, jail facilities, and criminal justice. Jail operations expert witness Jeffrey Eiser testified in a civil rights lawsuit against the Tulsa County Jail. The plaintiff named former Sheriff Stanley Glanz and former Detention Officer Seth Bowers as defendants, alleging she was sexual assaulted while in the Tulsa jail’s medical unit.

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North Carolina Expert Witness Rule Changes

North Carolina Expert Witness Rule Changes

The General Assembly of North Carolina Bill 376, “An act amending the rules of civil procedure to modernize discovery of expert witnesses and clarifying expert witness costs in civil actions” was chaptered on 7/17/15. The act affects cases filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015 with changes as to how parties in litigation will handle expert witness disclosure and discovery. HB 376 adds more detailed requirements regarding discovery of information related to expert witnesses.

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Missouri Daubert Legislation

Missouri Daubert Legislation

Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, has proffered legislation which would bring Missouri into compliance with the Daubert standard for expert testimony. Based on the US Supreme Court decision Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, HB 1676 would place Missouri in alignment with federal courts and two-thirds of US states. While the bill is not currently on […]

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Police Procedures Expert On Misconduct Charges

Police Procedures Expert On Misconduct Charges

Cases alleging law enforcement misconduct are heavily scrutinized and require experienced expert witnesses. Law enforcement expert witnesses have expertise in police operations, investigations, arrest procedures, use of force analysis, and more.

In the news, Dr. Michael d. Lyman, professor of criminal justice at Columbia College, testified this week in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray’s neck was broken while being transported in shackles in a Baltimore police van. He died a week later.

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Daubert v. Frye

Daubert v. Frye

The debate over Daubert v. Frye expert witness standards continues with Florida at the center of the argument. The Daubert standard arose from the Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals case of 1993 and offered an updated rule of evidence regarding the admissibility of expert witnesses’ testimony. Florida attorneys are divided in supporting the state Evidence Code adopting the Daubert standard which would replace the older and more lenient Frye standard. While federal courts as well as many state courts have shifted to the Daubert standard, there are attorneys who want the Florida Bar to recommend that the Florida Supreme Court reject the amendment adopting Daubert.

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Psychology Expert Witness On Forgotten Baby Syndrome

Psychology Expert Witness On Forgotten Baby Syndrome

Psychology expert witness Dr. David Diamond testified for the defense in the trial of a mother accused of leaving her five-month old in a hot car. The mother, Wakesha Ives, faces a negligent homicide charge after she left her baby in the car while she was working.

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