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PostmortemHow Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths$
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Stefan Timmermans

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226803982

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.001.0001

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Forensic Credibility at the “Nanny Trial”

Forensic Credibility at the “Nanny Trial”

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(p.113) Chapter Three Forensic Credibility at the “Nanny Trial”
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Postmortem
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Stefan Timmermans

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0004

This chapter discusses the issue of forensic credibility in medical examiners' roles as expert witnesses in court cases. It explains that medical examiners are usually asked to defend their autopsy findings publicly in an adversarial court setting where counterexperts will cast doubt on their findings. A forensic expert witness can establish his credibility when juries and judges accept a description of body trauma as evidence and an alleged mechanism of death as the way the deceased died.

Keywords:   forensic credibility, medical examiners, expert witness, autopsy findings, adversarial court setting, body trauma, evidence

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