No magic wand: the idealization of science in law

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 28, 2006 - Law - 153 pages
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Since 1993, Supreme Court precedent has asked judges to serve as gatekeepers to their expert witnesses, admitting only reliable scientific testimony. Lacking a strong background in science, however, some judges admit dubious scientific testimony packages by articulate practitioners, while others reject reliable evidence that is unreasonably portrayed as full of holes. Seeking a balance between undue deference and undeserved skepticism, Caudill and LaRue draw on the philosophy of science to help judges, juries, and advocates better understand its goals and limitations.

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Contents

On Judges Who Are Too Strict
15
On Judges Who Are Too Gullible
31
The Idealizations of Legal Scholars
49
Copyright

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