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Steve Hansen: My brief career as an expert witness in court

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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:19 am on Sat, Dec 7, 2013.

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    Perhaps, Mr. Lauchland. But as someone who worked in the legal field for much of my adult life (while in the Air Force and as a civilian), it was unusual for virtually all parties involved with any legal proceeding to not at least be interested in the outcome. As I wrote earlier, basic human curiosity should have had him at least wonder. After all, another person’s livelihood was at stake - Mr. Hansen’s testimony could very well have tipped the scales one way or the other. Hey, I’m interested in knowing the outcome - and I wasn’t even involved.

  • robert maurer posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 448

    Very well thought out ,Mr. Lauchland. I think you nailed it.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 1:11 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Perhaps, Mr. Kinderman. I would be more inclined to think Mr. Hansen simply choose to not get emotionally involved. If he would have sought further information on the case it may have set himself up for failure to be an effective third party professional the next time he was asked.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 12:59 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Mr. Maurer , I believe you understand my point. The Judge would have thrown the case out just for the attitude he received from me. He would have the power to do what he wanted with me , contempt or otherwise. Extremely disrespectful and arrogant of me. Why would anyone entertain ideas from another person when a response to sharing information is such.

    It kind of relates to why Mr. Hansen didn't choose to follow that direction possibility of his career. People will try to discredit you and take apart your words in the courtroom to prove their point. The Judge attempts to correct attitudes and keep order in his court. Either you enjoy proving your point or you don't. Mr. Hansen said he is a teacher. Almost the difference between a lawyer and a litigator. One enjoys bringing facts and the other enjoys proving the argument.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 3:03 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

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    Hardly a “career,” I would think that anyone with enough experience, education and desire to assist would be more than happy to be called upon as an expert witness in a court or hearing. I don’t understand Mr. Hansen’s decision to never again participate in an action as an expert.

    I’m more curious as to why he “never knew the outcome of the hearing.” Basic human curiosity should have been more than enough for him to want to know if his testimony helped or hindered the “cause.” Whatever the outcome, discovering if he was individually helpful might have been advantageous to him as a teacher or “physician.” Perhaps the reason he never participated again was due to never being called upon as a result of the outcome in the case outlined above?

  • robert maurer posted at 1:18 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 448

    I think Mr.Barrow was responding to Mr. Hansen's letter. A yawn is not presentable evidence in court, but it does leave an impression. I tried that tactic repeatedly when I tried to get out of jury duty once and the judge asked me (with potential jurors present) how I would like the consequences of a contempt of court charge. That was embarrassing. There is a case being tried right now where expert testimony from a defense witness may affect or negate one of the charges by the plaintiff in this case.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 1:26 pm on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

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    Courts expect focus and your ducks in order to not waste time. I've won a small claims case before. Listening carefully and responding to the Judge meant a lot . "Yawning" would have had the case thrown out.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:41 am on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

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