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Old 15th June 2019, 12:51 PM   #1
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An (Im)Modest Legal Proposal

In order to make it clear how the judicial system works.

All lawyers and expert witnesses will be required to wear makeup, midriff-baring tank tops, hot pants, fishnet stockings, and high heels in court. Women, too.

After the jury is seated, the lawyers will be required to state in court what their compensation for the trial is and will be.

Every expert witness must state as the first statement of testimony how much they were paid for this testimony.

There will be a random number generator operating during the trial. If the right number comes up, the lawyers and expert witnesses will be required to change sides and work for the side they had previously opposed.


Thereby juries will be able to fully comprehend the nature of the legal system.

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Old 15th June 2019, 01:28 PM   #2
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You seem to be angry about something in particular. Did you just lose a case, and you believe it's because the other side bought testimony?
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Old 15th June 2019, 02:19 PM   #4
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You seem to be angry about something in particular. Did you just lose a case, and you believe it's because the other side bought testimony?

No. Just general principles.

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Old 15th June 2019, 02:31 PM   #5
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No. Just general principles.



What general principles are these?

Do they have anything more to recommend them than bbcode emojis?
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Old 16th June 2019, 04:33 PM   #6
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What general principles are these?

Do they have anything more to recommend them than bbcode emojis?
This is my observation of the mercenary nature of the legal system, and its win-at-any cost attitude.

As for expert witnesses, I have in my reading observed far too many whose expertise is available to this highest bidder. And many who have based their authoritative testimony on misunderstood principles, leading to errors of justice.

To take one example that comes to mind, we have the incisive forensic analysis that definitely fingered Richard Jewell as the Centennial Park bomber. I'm surprised he wasn't brought to trial, convicted, and given a long sentence.
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Old 22nd June 2019, 12:05 AM   #7
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There will be a random number generator operating during the trial.
That's all you need. Only lawyers would argue that bankrupting clients leads to greater justice.
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Old 22nd June 2019, 02:59 AM   #8
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I have been an "expert" witness and provided "expert" analysis in reports to be used in court cases and yes the solicitors and QCs would often try in my opinion to lead the report/statements, or wish certain areas to be removed or played down or played up.

Sadly my experience of the courts as an expert witness (only civil) is that it is rather akin to discussing something here, being "technically" right is all that counts.

The last time I did such work was about 6 years ago and I know in England and Wales there have been some moves to better regulate how expert witnesses and their reports and statements are used or not used but not had personal experience to know if that has significantly changed how such evidence is handled.
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