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WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOUT: James Shellow

 

Mark J. Mahoney writes
Jim Shellow’s incomparable insight into the fabric of the courtroom encounter between the lawyer and the “expert” is both timely and timeless. When I was a new lawyer  – more than 30 years ago – I attended a lecture by Shellow on cross-examination of the chemist.  I had extensively studied scientific methodology as an undergraduate, but until then I had no clue as to how to apply that knowledge tactically in the courtroom where biased technicians were passed off as scientists. After that learning experience I was never afraid to tackle the “experts.”   I learned how to think through what was demanded in each case.  I am convinced that every good examination of an expert witness in the American criminal courtroom today can be traced directly to the teachings of Shellow and his brilliant colleague, Mel Lewis.  This volume makes these teachings, thoroughly updated, available to today’s defense counsel.

With this brilliantly conceived book, anyone willing to put in the effort can equip themselves to capably expose the faults of the “science” that is brought into the courtroom, and quite possibly make a difference in the outcome of their case, whether in a hearing to exclude the evidence altogether or in the trial itself.

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Of course, as Lewis notes, the  core of the article derives from the work of Jim Shellow, the creator of the “chemical defense” in drug cases, and directly, or indirectly,  knowingly or not, the inspiration for every attack on a scientist made  by today’s generation of lawyers here in the United States and probably in Canada too.  I have not found a single discussion of this task  in the available literature which could not trace its roots to Shellow’s work.

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