Forensic Credibility at the “Nanny Trial”

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780226803982
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226804002 | DOI:
Forensic Credibility at the “Nanny Trial”

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This chapter discusses the issue of forensic credibility in medical examiners' roles as expert witnesses in court cases. It explains that medical examiners are usually asked to defend their autopsy findings publicly in an adversarial court setting where counterexperts will cast doubt on their findings. A forensic expert witness can establish his credibility when juries and judges accept a description of body trauma as evidence and an alleged mechanism of death as the way the deceased died.

Keywords: forensic credibility; medical examiners; expert witness; autopsy findings; adversarial court setting; body trauma; evidence

Chapter.  18864 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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