2Organizational for Today• Name cards• Return response paper #5. Comments on web site. Incorporate these into future papers. • Next week 24 Nov. No class• Week after 1 Dec. Scientists and the Media – Must write on one of the three topics for RP#6– Answer a question before class on “Read First.” Hand in during class. • This week: – Discuss Science and Law
Introduction• Prior to 1993 evidence is admissable if it is– Relevant to the case (addressed a fact at issue in the case)– General acceptance, i.e. the methods used by an expert in forming his scientific conclusions must be “generally accepted” in his field of expertise.• Daubert decision: federal judges are to act as “gatekeepers” with respect to expert testimony– Judges examine the scientific method underlying the expert’s testimony and admit evidence only if it is “relevant” and “reliable.”
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