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Judging, Expertise, And The Rule Of Law, Chad M. Oldfather Jan 2012

Judging, Expertise, And The Rule Of Law, Chad M. Oldfather

Washington University Law Review

We live in an era of hyper specialization. Professionals across a spectrum of fields focus on mastering and practicing in narrow subspecialties. This is hardly a surprise. As the scale of knowledge grows, it becomes increasingly difficult for any one person to stay on top of details and developments across a field, and specialization represents something of a natural division of labor. Law is no exception.

There already exists a relatively large body of literature outlining proposals for specialized courts and otherwise considering their perceived virtues. I seek in this Article to engage this literature in two ways. First, I ...


The Next Innocence Project: Shaken Baby Syndrome And The Criminal Courts, Deborah Tuerkheimer Jan 2009

The Next Innocence Project: Shaken Baby Syndrome And The Criminal Courts, Deborah Tuerkheimer

Washington University Law Review

Every year in this country, hundreds of people are convicted of having shaken a baby, most often to death. In a prosecution paradigm without precedent, expert medical testimony is used to establish that a crime occurred, that the defendant caused the infant’s death by shaking, and that the shaking was sufficiently forceful to constitute depraved indifference to human life. Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is, in essence, a medical diagnosis of murder, one based solely on the presence of a diagnostic triad: retinal bleeding, bleeding in the protective layer of the brain, and brain swelling. New scientific research has cast ...


Life But Not Liberty? An Assessment Of Noncapital Indigent Defendants' Rights To Expert Assistance Under The Ake V. Oklahoma Doctrine, Amber J. Mcgraw Jan 2001

Life But Not Liberty? An Assessment Of Noncapital Indigent Defendants' Rights To Expert Assistance Under The Ake V. Oklahoma Doctrine, Amber J. Mcgraw

Washington University Law Review

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Equal Protection—Refusal To Provide Expert Witness For Indigent Defendant Denies Equal Protection Jan 1981

Equal Protection—Refusal To Provide Expert Witness For Indigent Defendant Denies Equal Protection

Washington University Law Review

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