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Experts Analyzed: A Judge Weighs in on Witness Credibility

Experts Analyzed: A Judge Weighs in on Witness Credibility

A recent Forward Forensics article, “A Judge’s Opinion of Financial Experts’ Credibility,” offers an interesting glimpse of a federal judge’s take on several witnesses in a bench trial over which he presided. The article summarizes U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan’s “159-page opus” on the trial with insights into what Judge Sheridan found persuasive and unconvincing on both sides of the case. The case in question was Sivolella, et al v. AXA Equitable Funds Management, LLC,[...]
Mistaken Identity or Malicious Scam? Art Experts Battle It Out

Mistaken Identity or Malicious Scam? Art Experts Battle It Out

Expert witnesses played an interesting role in a recent high profile case out of the art world. The plaintiff, a former corrections officer at a Canadian detention facility, claimed that well-known painter Peter Doig created a 40-year-old piece of art but then denied it in order to thwart its sale. Doig, who is alive and well, was the defendant, testifying that he did not in fact paint this particular work, and that the case was[...]
Hot-Tubbing in the Courtroom: Should Americans Jump In?

Hot-Tubbing in the Courtroom: Should Americans Jump In?

In my last post, I wrote about our collective responsibility to choose expert witnesses who not only help us win cases, but are also trustworthy, honest, and responsible. We talked about the importance of integrity, and the sometimes life-changing implications of witnesses who use their wisdom and/or influence for good or evil. This week, let’s talk about hot-tubbing. I admit, this phrase (in the context of the courtroom) was new to me. I came across it in[...]
Witness Gone Wild: What Happens When an Expert Goes Off the Rails

Witness Gone Wild: What Happens When an Expert Goes Off the Rails

In most media stories about lawsuits, expert witnesses are little more than a side note. The article will mention in passing that a witness testified, and about what, but that’s usually the extent of it. So imagine my surprise and intrigue when I came across a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, no less, titled “Expert witness goes nuts during questioning for Mississippi death penalty case.” (If that headline isn’t clickbait for lawyers, I[...]