A Texas murder case is raising questions about the role of expert witnesses, says the Austin Chronicle. A judge has ordered a new trial for a babysitter who was convicted of killing in infant boy. The babysitter said it was an accident, but new defense attorneys have come up with their own expert testimony to counter the prosecution’s.
The Chronicle examination of the case raises some fundamental questions: “Who is the best expert? Who decides? What if they’re wrong? And what impact does the use of expert witnesses have on our criminal justice system?”