Description

From the Files of a Security Expert Witness guides the reader through the experience of testifying in court on security issues in civil litigation. Written by one of the security profession's best-known expert witnesses, the book explores 36 cases that reflect the high drama of true crime, including kidnapping, rape, and murder. Many of these cases led to premises liability lawsuits based on claims of negligence, inadequate security, false arrest and imprisonment, excessive use of force, and others. Effective security specialists, whether or not they are considering becoming expert witnesses, should be familiar with the facts of these cases, their theories of liability and theories of defense.

Encompassing aspects of criminal and tort law, all within the context of forensic security consulting, this book offers valuable insights from an experienced security professional.

Key Features

  • Understand the role of a security expert witness through his involvement in actual civil lawsuits driven by criminal acts
  • Explore the expert witness’s role in liability litigation, from forming opinions to being able to intelligently present beliefs to the legal community as well as to juries
  • Learn practical, in-depth guidelines for becoming an expert witness through the firsthand experiences of a court-recognized authority

Readership

Security managers, security consultants, security professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, lawyers, expert witnesses

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Greene v. Holy Spirit Hospital

What happened?

Who was being sued, and why?

Who was involved?

When did it happen?

How did it happen?

Assessment of the security program

Assessment of crime statistics in the community

The results of my assessment

Postscript

Chapter 2. Yamamoto v. Harbor View Homeowners’ Association

What happened?

Who was being sued, and why?

Who was involved?

When did it happen?

How did it happen?

Assessment of the plaintiff’s theory

Assessment of the security officers’ conduct

Pretrial meeting and trial

Postscript

Chapter 3. Fiske v. Silver Mine Hotel and Casino

What happened?

Who was being sued, and why?

Who was involved?

When did it happen?

How did it happen?

Assessment of the history of crime on premises

Assessment of the security department’s program

The results of my assessment

Chapter 4. Marcello v. Queen of Clubs

What happened?

Who was being sued, and why?

Who was involved?

When did it happen?

How did it happen?

Assessment of the plaintiff’s case

Assessment of the security program

My deposition

The trial

Chapter 5. Chatálet, et al. v. FantasyForest, Inc.

What happened?

Who was being sued, and why?

Who was involved?

When did it happen?

How did it happen?

Assessment of the security department and its investigation

My assessment of the security department’s strategy

Chapter 6. McCortney v. Sky-High Casino

What happened?

Who was being sued, and why?

Who was involved?

Where did it happen?

When did it happen?

How di

Details

No. of pages:
198
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Electronic ISBN:
9780124116269
Print ISBN:
9780124116252

About the author

Charles Sennewald

Charles “Chuck” Sennewald CSC, CPP, is an independent security management consultant and expert witness and the author of numerous Butterworth-Heinemann titles, including "Effective Security Management"; "Security Consulting"; "Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference;" "From the Files of a Security Expert Witness"; and earlier editions of this book "The Process of Investigation." Chuck is a graduate of California State University - Los Angeles with a BS degree in Police Science and Administration. Chuck is also the founder and first president of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), and is a long-time member of ASIS International. He has lectured and is read in countries around the globe.

Reviews

"This book guides the reader through the experience of testifying in court on security issues in civil litigation…Encompassing aspects of criminal and tort law, all within the context of forensic security consulting, this book offers valuable insights from an experienced security professional."--SecurityPark online, December 16, 2013