Feder's Succeeding as an Expert Witness, Fourth Edition by Harold A. Feder

By Harold A. Feder

As the 1st significant revision because 2000 of the landmark guide on professional testimony, this fourth variation presents the the most important, insider details that today’s attesting forensic specialists wish and wish not to in basic terms live on, yet thrive in deposition and courtroom testimony.

Comprehensively reorganized to deal with larger breadth and scope, this variation makes it even more straightforward to discover and use details at the most important subject matters, together with deposition and direct and cross-examination testimony of specialist witnesses. It incorporates a new ahead by means of Peter Neufeld, DNA specialist, legal professional, and co-founder of the Innocence venture, in addition to a number of new chapters offering an summary of specialist witnessing; causes of equipment, checking out, and technological know-how; and examinations of the jobs of every participant. The e-book additionally presents a revised and up-to-date bankruptcy on ethics, overlaying uncomplicated real-world moral concerns, difficulties, and suggestions, equivalent to unethical behavior, junk technological know-how, abuse of and via specialists, and forensic expert codes of ethics.

Each bankruptcy contains keyword phrases, overview Questions, and dialogue Questions in addition to new and revised charts and illustrations. A 50-page appendix covers the 4 significant federal courtroom judgements affecting specialist testimony, in addition to an replace of the crucial article specialist Testimony within the Wake of Daubert, Joiner, and Kumho Tire, by way of Sidney W. Jackson, III, advice for the respondents within the U.S. superb courtroom case Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael.

Offering invaluable occupation insights and trial-tested guidance from lawyer/expert Harold A. Feder and forensic scientist Max M. Houck, the powerful emphasis on felony legislations fabric makes this the proper e-book for forensic technological know-how scholars heading to key positions in U.S. and overseas crime labs, in addition to a very important reference and source for more matured civil, inner most, and attesting specialists in all disciplines.

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What you say in a deposition may come back to haunt you on the stand. Some depositions are videotaped, in anticipation of the unavailability of a witness at trial, so that if necessary the videotape may be played for judge and jury. indb 8 5/1/08 7:57:05 AM Expert Witnesses • • • •  Gather information Uncover inconsistencies in testimony Document statements, processes, and work product Assess your ability as a witness The examination is usually done by opposing counsel, with few if any questions by your sponsoring attorney.

Demonstrations must be substantially similar to the subject under litigation to be admissible. Unnecessary exhibits and testimony should be eliminated before trial. Your calculations should be rechecked. Data should be summarized whenever possible: have the raw data available in the courtroom, but refer to summaries of voluminous documents or material. 11 The large amount of raw material you have evaluated before trial can enhance the weight of testimony. The data from which summaries are made must in all cases be available for examination by opposing counsel.

If you are familiar with the process, you will not fear the examining attorney or the setting. You must answer only the questions asked, never volunteering information beyond the scope of the question presented. You need not have an answer for every question. Avoid fencing, arguing with, or second-guessing examining counsel. If you make a mistake, correct it as soon as possible. If a negative or apparently damaging fact or omission has been elicited, admit it and move on quickly. To fence, hedge, argue, equivocate, or become angry only exposes you to further cross-examination and a resultant loss of credibility.

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