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Cellular Phone Records As Forensic Evidence

Cellular Phone Records As Forensic Evidence

Cellular phone expert witness Joseph Kennedy testified in the theft and wire fraud trial of former Suffolk County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Ed Walsh. In the Central Islip federal court case, prosecutors allege that Walsh essentially stole more than $200K in salary for hours he was not at work at the county jail. The prosecution argues that cell phone records show that on numerous work days Walsh was actually golfing, gambling, and campaigning.

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Construction Safety Expert Witnesses & NYC Crane Collapse

Construction Safety Expert Witnesses & NYC Crane Collapse

What areas may construction safety expert witnesses consult on? These experts are trained in accident reconstruction, building code compliance, general contractor standards, building sites, OSHA regulation, and related matters. Due to the perpetual movement of heavy machinery and heavy objects in the construction industry, there is a constant danger to workers and passersby.

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Railroad Expert Witnesses

Railroad Expert Witnesses

Railroad operations adhere to a strict set of federal regulations to maintain safety. When a train derailment occurs, an investigation ensues to determine the cause, be it human factors, a mechanical defect, or an outside source. These types of railway accidents can result in various types of lawsuits, which may require consultation with a railroad expert witness. These experts may consult on railroad warning systems, railway signals, signal and train control, and overall railway safety.

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Computer Technology Expert Witness Testifies On Drones

Computer Technology Expert Witness Testifies On Drones

Computer technology expert witness Joshua Walden testified before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on November 19, 2015. The hearing, entitled The Disrupter Series: The Fast – Evolving Uses and Economic Impacts of Drones, reviewed the use of drones and their economic impact on businesses and consumers. Mr. Walden is a senior vice president and general manager of the New Technology Group at Intel Corporation. Intel.com describes drones as a “computing platform of the future.”

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Mechanical Inspections Expert Witnesses

Mechanical Inspections Expert Witnesses

The family of Juliana Valdez is seeking $10 million in damages after her right leg became trapped in the Macy’s Westfield Garden State Plaza, NJ, escalator. Ms. Valdez lost two toes and has had at least 13 operations to save her foot. The family hired a mechanical inspections expert witness who found that that a support frame on the escalator was broken.

Mechanical inspection experts are retained after an accident or product failure to inspect machinery and write reports or testify in litigation and insurance claims. The inspection found a gap between the escalator steps and also that the escalator was not properly lubricated.

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Hazardous Materials Expert Witnesses

Hazardous Materials Expert Witnesses

What areas do hazardous materials expert witnesses consult on? These experts write reports and testify on hazardous materials transported by train, tank car, truck, vessel, or by airplane. The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating a train that derailed in northeastern Montana and spilled an estimated 35,000 gallons of crude oil. DOT transportation specialist Michael J. Turnbull says a hazardous materials team used earthen dams to contain the spill near Culbertson, MT. While no waterways were affected by oil, about 30 people were evacuated. Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials reported that 3 of 22 cars that derailed were leaking oil.

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Cell Phone Expert Witness Testifies Re: Cell Phone Records

Cell Phone Expert Witness Testifies Re: Cell Phone Records

Engineer and cell phone expert witness Bill Levitan testified in Knox County Tennessee Criminal Court in the double murder case against Norman Clark. Clark is accused of murdering estranged girlfriend Brittany Eldridge in addition to the unborn child she was carrying. Prosecutors would like to admit cell phone location records they say show that Clark’s phone pinged a cell tower near Eldridge’s house in the time leading up to her death. The defense argues that the data collected is inaccurate.

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Railroad Accident Expert Witnesses

Railroad Accident Expert Witnesses

Railroad accident expert witnesses may explain railway safety and maintenance standards as well as what may have led to a rail accident. On July 2, a CSX freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in Tennessee. Five thousand people were evacuated from homes and businesses when a tank car containing the hazardous material acrylonitrile began burning.

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Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

In the news, Mark Rosekind, administer of the NHTSA, said that a faulty Takata airbag inflator was involved in the fatal crash of a rental car in California last September. This brings the death toll to eight with more than 100 injuries in the US. Takata announced that 33.8 million air bags are defective after they were found to explode and send shrapnel into the face and body of motorists. The recall is complicated by the news that some cars that had already undergone service would need a second airbag replacement. Retired Takata engineer Mark Lillie has said he will be testifying as an expert witness or “someone with knowledge of Takata in particular” regarding the chemicals used in the air bag inflators.

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Automotive Expert Witnesses

Automotive Expert Witnesses

What topics may automotive expert witnesses consult on? They are experts in automotive engineering, automotive safety, automotive systems and more. In a win for Toyota, the U.S. Department of Transportation released results from a ten month study of potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. Rhode Island resident Bob Ruginis requested an investigation into low speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars but the NHTSA test lab could not find any problems with the throttle or transmission systems.

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