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Understanding Police InterrogationConfessions and Consequences$
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William Douglas Woody and Krista D. Forrest

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860371

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860371.001.0001

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Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony

(p.165) 6 Expert Testimony
Understanding Police Interrogation

William Douglas Woody

Krista D. Forrest

NYU Press

The authors start this chapter with an interview with Dr. Charles Honts, who has served as an expert witness over one hundred times, as a polygraph examiner and about false and coerced confessions. The authors discuss requirements and potential roles of expert witnesses, and then move to relevant topics about which clinical and/or experimental experts may testify. The authors then examine the legal standards and ongoing disputes about admissibility of expert testimony at trial before moving to scientific studies of the impacts of expert testimony on triers of fact. The chapter concludes with a review of experts and the totality of the circumstances.

Keywords:   interrogation, trial, expert witness, expert testimony, polygraph, confession, totality of the circumstances

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