By Fred Chris Smith
Details expertise is an more and more huge think about criminal lawsuits. In situations huge and small, from the U.S. Government's antitrust swimsuit opposed to Microsoft company, to civil proceedings filed over the failure of a community, to felony situations during which the authenticity of digital proof is wondered, the testimony of a technical specialist is key. yet so that it will be powerful, knowledgeable technical witness wishes even more than an figuring out of the expertise in question.A advisor to Forensic Testimony is the 1st publication to deal with the categorical wishes of the IT professional witness. it's going to arm you with the instruments you want to testify successfully. inside of you will discover every thing from an summary of uncomplicated witness duties and demanding situations to a deeper exploration of what produces winning technical testimony. Written through a working laptop or computer safety authority who has served as a technical witness, and an ordeal lawyer who specializes in how electronic proof and machine forensics are changing litigation, this publication is your consultant to the complex forensic panorama that awaits the professional technical witness.This ebook encompasses a wealth of knowledge and event from front strains, together with firsthand bills of the demanding situations confronted by means of specialist technical witnesses, functional in-court examples, and important suggestion. one of the subject matters lined are:The evolution of the specialist IT witness and the growing to be criminal dependence on technical services criminal standards demonstrated to figure out the skills and skills of a technical specialist to face as a witness the categories of situations and difficulties which are apt to be encountered in electronic forensic assignments harm triggered whilst the principles of professionalism and ethics are neglected or misapplied the development and upkeep of a fantastic expert courting among specialist and lawyer The construction and use of visible instruments in court docket testimony how one can enhance the demeanor and non-verbal conversation talents of the technical witnessWhether you're a knowledge technologist requested to function a professional witness, a lawyer who works with details know-how specialists, a company chance supervisor, or a shopper whose pursuits are laid low with the functionality of IT specialists, you are going to profit enormously from A consultant to Forensic Testimony.
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Extra info for A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony as an Expert Technical Witness
There are many ways to demonstrate this economically in technical areas where licensing and certification are not required to become a recognized expert. Once again the sexist prosecutor comes to Vinny's aid. Having nowhere to go with his challenge to her qualifications, since she has testified to her family tradition and her experience as a mechanic practicing with these other experts, the prosecutor next frames a question that appears to be highly technical. However, he poses it as if it were a fair test of Mona Lisa's experience and ability to provide a technical solution to a hypothetical mechanical problem.
By taking the time to understand the question and the situation and by carefully explaining the correct question and answer to the judge and the jury, she has eliminated any doubt that she is an expert in the area about which she was called to testify. She has also set the stage for Vinny to ask her expert opinion on the ultimate question that will win the case. After this masterful defense of her qualifications as an expert, we finally see Mona Lisa, on direct examination, handle exhibits and questions that she has never seen before.
174. IT experts, like other forensic expert witnesses, should learn to appreciate not only the many lawyer jokes that are often told at times like these but also the stories that lawyers and judges love to tell about experts, complete with examples of preposterous or incomprensible testimony. Both experts and attorneys today play important roles in resolving some of the most controversial and important problems in our society. Thus, it is necessary to the preservation of their respective sanity to be able to step outside the formal roles of witness and advocate and to reassert the humanity of the formal but social process of judicial dispute resolution whenever possible and appropriate.
A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony as an Expert Technical Witness by Fred Chris Smith