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Expert Testimony 

Expert Testimony
Expert Testimony

Scott Soloway

, Bryan C. Shelby

, Heather Ellis Cucolo

, and Jeremy Colley

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date: 31 July 2021

Chapter 4 reviews the major cases related to the admissibility and presentation of expert witness testimony in the courtroom. The majority of the cases involve general standards for medical and scientific evidence (Frye v. U.S., Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical, General Electric v. Joiner, Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael) that can be applied to psychiatry. The remaining cases (State v. Hurd, People v. Shirley, Rock v. Arkansas) relate to the admissibility – or not – of hypnotically-refreshed testimony and hypnosis as a scientific practice. The newest (Buck v. Davis) involves the risk assessment testimony adn unconstitutionality of incorporating race as a factor.

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