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A Non-Romantic View Of Expert Testimony, Lewis H. Larue, David S. Caudill Jan 2004

A Non-Romantic View Of Expert Testimony, Lewis H. Larue, David S. Caudill

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The Daubert trilogy as a whole deflects attention away from abstract identifications of scientific validity (including the demarcation controversy aimed at rooting out allegedly junk science from the courtroom), and toward the application of expertise to the particular case at hand. That emphasis on application is reflected as well in post-trilogy scholarship, wherein we see three patterns or contours that both help quiet the debates and provide useful guidance to judges and lawyers. First, there is a pragmatic recognition, in various forms, that the focus should be on how science is being used rather than on science in the abstract ...