Forensic Testimony

Forensic Testimony

Science, Law and Expert Evidence

1st Edition - September 7, 2013
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  • Author: C. Michael Bowers
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123970053
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972606

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Forensic Testimony: Science, Law and Expert Evidence—favored with an Honorable Mention in Law & Legal Studies at the Association of American Publishers' 2015 PROSE Awards—provides a clear and intuitive discussion of the legal presentation of expert testimony. The book delves into the effects, processes, and battles that occur in the presentation of opinion and scientific evidence by court-accepted forensic experts. It provides a timely review of the United States Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) regarding expert testimony, and includes a multi-disciplinary look at the strengths and weaknesses in forensic science courtroom testimony. The statutes and the effects of judicial uses (or non-use) of the FRE, Daubert, Kumho, and the 2009 NAS Report on Forensic Science are also included. The presentation expands to study case law, legal opinions, and studies on the reliability and pitfalls of forensic expertise in the US court system. This book is an essential reference for anyone preparing to give expert testimony of forensic evidence.

Key Features

  • Honorable Mention in the 2015 PROSE Awards in Law & Legal Studies from the Association of American Publishers
  • A multi-disciplinary forensic reference examining the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science in courtroom testimony
  • Focuses on forensic testimony and judicial decisions in light of the Federal Rules of Evidence, case interpretations, and the NAS report findings
  • Case studies, some from the Innocence Project, assist the reader in distinguishing good testimony from bad


Forensic professionals, legal practitioners, academia and students of forensic science and/or advanced law

Table of Contents

  • Intro: The NAS report and its meaning to the Bench and Bar, By Judge Harry Edwards
    1: History of experts in English Common Law, with Practice Advice for Beginner Experts
    2: Science and Forensic Science
    3: The Admissibility of Forensic Expert Evidence
    4: Professional Expert Forensic Practice
    5: Managing Your Forensic Case from Beginning to End: it’s All about Communication
    6: Character Traits of Expert Witnesses: The Good and the Bad
    7: Voire Dire and Direct Examination of the Expert
    8: Cross Examination: The Expert’s Challenge and the Lawyers’ Strategies
    9: Uniqueness and Individualizations in Forensic Science
    10: Forensic Failures
    11: Forensic Expert Ethics
    12: The Unparalleled Power of Expert Testimony

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: September 7, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123970053
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972606
  • About the Author

    C. Michael Bowers

    C. Michael Bowers
    C. Michael Bowers is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Deputy Medical Examiner in Ventura, California. Dr. Bowers is a practicing forensic dentist and consultant who has testified and worked on hundreds of cases where dental evidence has been involved. He is a former Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, a Senior Crime Scene Analyst for the International Association for Identification (IAI) and has written other articles, chapters and books on forensic dentistry. He owns and operates his own dental practice in Ventura, CA.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Clinical Professor, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Deputy Medical Examiner, Ventura, CA, USA