Dick Thornburgh


science, expert testimony


This article argues that many judges lack the capacity to distinguish between experts witnesses who make use of rigorous scientific research and those who rely on "junk science" - conclusions based on insufficient research. It notes that judicial standards for admissibility of expert testimony are not sufficient to prevent the introduction of junk science in to the courtroom. It concludes with a suggestion for a more rigorous process for vetting scientific evidence that is admitted in court.

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