Litigator's Handbook of Forensic Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychology was written for litigators and experts. Building on and expanding on Cross Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Lorandos has brought together a world-class team of experts to help attorneys and experts deal with expert evidence in forensic medicine, psychiatry, and psychology.
The handbook provides step-by-step guidance on how to use and challenge experts and ensure favorable rulings under Daubert, Kumho Tire, Frye, and other legal standards on expert testimony. Topics covered include the admissibility of expert evidence; direct and cross-examination of experts in forensic medicine, psychiatry, and psychology; statistics for lawyers; independent medical examinations; forensic autopsies; sexual abuse examinations; false memories; interrogative suggestibility; capacity to waive Miranda warnings; assessment of competence; malingering; involuntary commitment; neuropsychological and neurobehavioral evidence in tort cases; child custody and child protection issues; child sexual abuse interviews; professional standards; syndrome evidence; and violence risk assessment.
Wherever practicable, each of these chapters follows an introductory section with an explication of what the relevant subject matter looks like when the expert’s work is done well (the good); descriptions and case law examples illustrating how to keep less than adequate or unreliable expert testimony out of the record (the bad); and examples that could be used for argumentation about the consequences of getting it wrong (the ugly).
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