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WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOUT: James Shellow

 

Professor John F. Decker writes
One might consider the comments of defense attorney James Shellow of Milwaukee, Past-President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:

As a lawyer who views the testimony of prosecution expert witnesses from the perspective of an undergraduate and graduate school education in the sciences, I observe a squalid sameness. With few exceptions, it makes no difference who the expert is, the agency by which he is employed, or the field in which he testifies. Regardless of whether he purports to match fingerprints, hair samples, wood, serum, paint or glass; or whether he merely purports to identify a controlled substance, the quality of the testimony is the same.

The expert has only the vaguest understanding of the principles of the scientific disciplines in which he testifies; he has no knowledge of the mathematics which expresses these principles and relates the significant variables. He knows little more about the operation of his measuring instruments than the location of the on-off switch. He knows virtually nothing about the interpretation of the results of his tests and less about statistical techniques for assessing the validity of his conclusions. Shellow, The Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program: What It Means, in PROFICIENCY RESULTS.

University of Cincinnati Law Review

 

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