March 28, 1993 |
If needed, there are "experts" willing to testify in court that the trauma of auto accidents can cause cancer. Or that hazardous chemicals can cause AIDS. Or that spermicidal jelly can cause birth defects. And there are just as many critics who dismiss the above as "junk science" - theories with no support in scientific fact and no place in the courtroom. Now the critics want the Supreme Court to give judges the power to clear all federal courtrooms of scientific testimony outside the mainstream.
October 17, 2013 |
Robert P. Wolf, 66, of Cherry Hill, executive director from 1975 to 1994 of the Abilities Center of Southern New Jersey in Westville, died Monday, Oct. 14, of pancreatic cancer at his home. The center helps people with disabilities get jobs by, for instance, working with employers to help them understand the applicants' needs, the firm's website says. Dr. Wolf also was an expert witness in cases such as personal injury or medical malpractice for 30 years, his daughter Melissa Rand said.
March 21, 1995 |
TRANSCRIPT, TRIAL OF THE CENTURY, DAY 257 BAILIFF: Hear ye, hear ye, the court is now in sess . . . DEFENSE: Objection, your honor. JUDGE: To what? DEFENSE: Nothing, your honor. We're just warming up. PROSECUTION: Your honor, the people would like to state that we also have no objections at this time. DEFENSE: Objection, your honor. Every time the defense says something, the prosecution always feels it has to say something. PROSECUTION: The people do not. DEFENSE: Do too. PROSECUTION: Do not. DEFENDANT: OK, stop, I confess!
March 29, 2000 |
The city paid more than $3 million in the 1990s to settle sexual harassment lawsuits filed by female prison guards against former prison commissioner J. Patrick Gallagher, who denied any wrongdoing. The women who sued insisted that Gallagher had used his power as prison boss to force them to have sex with him, and the city paid them rather than fight the allegations in court. An ex-New York City cop with a doctoral degree, Gallagher is now hiring himself out to help others sue the city - for alleged police abuses.
February 8, 2015 |
Going by her resumé, Sue Cornbluth knows child abuse. She has a doctorate in psychology and claims to be a "nationally recognized mental health expert. " She teaches at Temple University and has appeared on television to discuss traumas such as the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But Cornbluth lacks a state license. And now she is accused of perjury for allegedly lying about it. The felony charge, filed last week in Bucks County, states that Cornbluth claimed to have a license when she served as an expert witness in a 2013 custody battle.
March 22, 1987 |
The Lower Gwynedd Zoning Hearing Board at a recent hearing continued to wrestle with a developer's plans to build a shopping center along Bethlehem Pike. At Wednesday's hearing, the third on a proposal by Altman Properties Inc. to develop the 8.6-acre tract, township solicitor Stephen Yusem questioned the credibility of Altman expert witness Joel Kulick. At the close of last month's hearing, Kulick, a real estate appraiser and licensed broker in Glenside, testified that the value of 2.9 acres of residentially zoned land at the rear of the tract would cost about $136,000 for site and building improvements alone.
June 21, 1989 |
Duke University team physician Frank Bassett did something extraordinary last year. He took the stand and testified against a fellow team doctor. An expert witness for Marc Buoniconti in the player's $6 million negligence suit against The Citadel, Bassett testified that Citadel physician E.K. Wallace had exercised poor judgment in allowing Buoniconti to play with a sprained neck on the day when the middle linebacker was rendered a quadriplegic for life. Buoniconti eventually lost the jury's verdict, but that wasn't the end of the case for Bassett.
December 22, 2012 |
Terry L. Musika, 64, a native of Coatesville and an expert on intellectual property damages who qualified for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich as a sprinter, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, Dec. 18, at his home in Hunt Valley, Md. Mr. Musika was a cofounder of Invotex, a Maryland company that specializes in accounting, financial consulting, and intellectual property management services. Mr. Musika was involved in some of the largest patent verdicts and settlements in the country.
June 23, 2016 |
It's a trial that has featured an interesting cast of witnesses: strippers, members of a motorcycle club, an FBI special agent. And on Tuesday, in the case of U.S. v. William J. O'Brien III , the latest to testify was a fellow physician. O'Brien, 51, a former Democratic candidate for Bucks County coroner who is serving as his own attorney, is accused of 14 counts of drug and related charges from allegedly running a pill mill with the help of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Stephen Thomas, a physician who is an expert witness for the prosecution, contended that on numerous occasions O'Brien prescribed painkillers without enough medical examination, and often gave patients dosages that were too high.
August 26, 2010 |
Marilyn Auerbach Lashner, 80, of Center City, a media analyst and expert witness at trials involving First Amendment rights, died of cancer Tuesday, Aug. 24, at her home. In 1979, Dr. Lashner earned a doctorate in communications from Temple University. Five years later her dissertation, The Chilling Effect in TV News: Intimidation by the Nixon White House , was published as a book. For the dissertation, she compiled statements or actions by the Nixon administration that could have been interpreted as threats to the press, including Nixon's protest at a 1973 news conference of "outrageous, vicious, distorted reporting.