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2010-06-11 01:12:20

When children report about an event they can be highly accurate. But if they talk to other witnesses, children's testimony may become tainted. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg examines children's vulnerability to co-witness influence, and presents a new method that can help child witnesses to provide more detailed witness reports. Emma Roos af Hjelmsäter's thesis is based on a series of studies where children aged 7-13 were interviewed regarding an event they had...

2010-03-05 07:15:00

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Veritext, the established leader in providing deposition and litigation support services, today announced the launch of the Veritext Exhibit Management Solution (XMS), the first and only digital solution for managing exhibits before, during and after the deposition. XMS is an end-to-end digital solution that provides a complete database of exhibits, control over exhibit numbering, and remote access to the exhibits anywhere, anytime. In addition...

2009-12-21 15:17:26

The role of a medical expert witness needs to be strictly defined and carefully controlled during legal proceedings and physicians need to be aware of their role, states an analysis of the Goudge Inquiry into pediatric forensic pathology published http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj090833.pdf in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) www.cmaj.ca. The Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology by Justice Stephen Goudge looked into the flawed expert testimony of Ontario pathologist Dr. Charles...

2009-12-10 15:41:00

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a decision of importance to the case at hand and all cases involving claims of attorney-client or work product privilege, the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in a decision of December 7, 2009, has ruled that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the manufacturer of the prescription diabetes medication Avandia, must produce dozens of documents that it withheld on claims of privilege. The...

2009-10-15 12:27:00

LITTLETON, Colo., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In the nation's first appellate decision on the use of SCRAM alcohol monitors as a reliable way to monitor criminal offenders for alcohol consumption, the South Dakota Supreme Court has issued a ruling that upholds the admissibility of SCRAM testimony and evidence under the standard established by Daubert v. Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals. The opinion, filed September 16th, was in the case State of South Dakota v. Neal J. Lemler. The defendant,...

2009-09-16 07:22:00

BLUE BELL, Pa., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The TASA Group, Inc. (www.TASAnet.com) announces the launch of the Challenge History Report, a tool designed to help plaintiff and defense attorneys check past challenges to the admission of expert witness testimony. The Challenge History Report compiles reported and many unreported decisions where a "gatekeeping" standard or rule, like Daubert, has been cited and/or the expert's qualifications or methods have been challenged or strongly criticized...

2009-09-14 08:35:00

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that fake video evidence can dramatically alter people's perceptions of events, even convincing them to testify as an eyewitness to an event that never happened. Associate Professor Dr Kimberley Wade from the Department of Psychology led an experiment to see whether exposure to fabricated footage of an event could induce individuals to accuse another person of doing something they never did. In the study, published in Applied Cognitive...

2009-04-01 08:48:00

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Press Club commends the House for passing legislation that would protect reporters from having to reveal their anonymous sources to government officials, except under extraordinary circumstances. The Club urges the Senate to pass this legislation, so President Obama can then sign it into law. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) "It is past time that reporters have a national shield against government...

2009-02-18 07:07:00

WHAT: The National Academy of Sciences will release a report on the scientific shortcomings and policy changes that could improve the forensic sciences. The report, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward," reviews the state of the forensic techniques--fingerprinting, firearms identification and analysis of bite...

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2009-02-05 15:15:00

The National Academy of Sciences is expected to release a report this month that scrutinizes the way forensic evidence is analyzed and used by law enforcement agencies. The report claims that analyses like blood spatter, hair samples, and fingerprinting are "often handled by poorly trained technicians who then exaggerate the accuracy of their methods in court," according to the New York Times. The report includes analysis of widely publicized forensic evidence failures such as the case of...