Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness / Edition 2

Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness / Edition 2

by Stanley L. Brodsky
     
 

Testifying in court can be a challenging experience for both novice and veteran expert witnesses. For over 20 years, Stanley Brodsky's Testifying in Court has been a trusted source of sage and good-humored advice on every aspect of the process, from initial preparations to maintaining control during cross-examination. The chapters in this extensively updated new

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Overview

Testifying in court can be a challenging experience for both novice and veteran expert witnesses. For over 20 years, Stanley Brodsky's Testifying in Court has been a trusted source of sage and good-humored advice on every aspect of the process, from initial preparations to maintaining control during cross-examination. The chapters in this extensively updated new edition draw on real-life scenarios to illustrate key principles, and each chapter ends with an easily recallable maxim.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433812125
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
903,898
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition 3

1 Admit-Deny 6

2 Burden of Proof and Degree of Certainty 10

3 Challenges to Experience:

1 Insufficient Experience 14

4 Challenges to Experience:

2 Case-Specific Experience 18

5 Challenges to Experience:

3 The Case Against Experience 21

6 Changing Your Mind 24

7 Child Sexual Abuse Testimony 27

8 Collateral Data 32

9 Courtroom as Place Identity 38

10 Credentialing 41

11 Culture 47

12 Diagnoses and Definitions 52

13 The Direct Examination 56

14 Disaster Relief 59

15 DSM Cautions 62

16 Examiner Effects 66

17 Feisty Experts: Witnesses Chiding Judges and Attorneys 71

18 Freud as an Expert Witness 76

19 Frittering Away Trustworthiness 82

20 The Hired Gun 88

21 The Historic Hysteric Gambit 91

22 Humor 95

23 Intimidation 99

24 Just Before the Court Appearance 104

25 Knowing When to Fold Them 107

26 Language of Testimony 111

27 The Learned Treatise Gambit 115

28 Listening Well 120

29 Malingering and Faking Good 123

30 Moving On 128

31 Narcissistic Experts 131

32 Negative Assertions 134

33 Perspective Taking 137

34 Power and Control on the Witness Stand 141

35 Predictable Answers 147

36 Probes for Guilt and Shame 151

37 Professional Witnesses and Professionalism 154

38 Psychotherapists as Expert Witnesses 157

39 The Pull to Affiliate and Allegiance Effects 161

40 The Push-Pull Technique 166

41 Qualifications and Expertise 170

42 Report Matters 173

43 The Rumpelstiltskin Principle 180

44 Saying "I Don't Know" Versus Waffling 183

45 Socialization During the Trial 187

46 Staying Current 190

47 Theatrical and Outlandish Attorneys 194

48 Transformative Moments 197

49 Uninvolved and Inept Attorneys 203

50 Using Quiet Times 207

51 Vigorous Cross-Examinations and Vigorous Answers 210

52 The Well-Dressed Witness 216

53 When It Is Over 219

54 Worst Testifying Experiences 222

55 Your Expertise Used Against You 227

References 230

Index 239

About the Author 251

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