No Magic Wand: The Idealization of Science in Law
No Magic Wand: The Idealization of Science in Law
Brand: Rowman Littlefield Publishers

No Magic Wand: The Idealization of Science in Law

  • Publish Date: 2006-06-29
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: David S. Caudill;Lewis H. LaRue

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Since 1993, Supreme Court precedent has asked judges to serve as gatekeepers to their expert witnesses, admitting only reliable scientific testimony. Lacking a strong background in science, however, some judges admit dubious scientific testimony packages by articulate practitioners, while others reject reliable evidence that is unreasonably portrayed as full of holes. Seeking a balance between undue deference and undeserved skepticism, Caudill and LaRue draw on the philosophy of science to help judges, juries, and advocates better understand its goals and limitations.


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