Developing and Effectively Utilizing a Medical Expert in Court. Don’t Go To Court Without One.

Developing and Effectively Utilizing a Medical Expert in Court. Don’t Go To Court Without One., Room: Univ AB

Wednesday - September 12, 2018: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Experts have been used for hundreds of years to help jurors understand concepts beyond their knowledge, to dispel myths and to explain behavior in child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence cases.  Because most strangulation victims do not have visible external injuries, non-fatal strangulation cases are frequently minimized by law enforcement, medical, advocacy, mental health professionals, and even courts. Seeing is believing. Jurors may expect or need to see visible external injuries to believe a victim was strangled or suffocated.  It is important to develop and utilize medical experts in the prosecution of non-fatal strangulation cases in order to explain the lack of injuries, the subtle signs and symptoms of strangulation, the vulnerability of the neck, loss of consciousness, delayed consequences and life-threatening injuries. This multi-media presentation provided by Dr. Bill Smock, given by one of the country’s leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, will focus how to develop and use experts in court, overcoming typical defenses, utilizing the defense expert as your expert, lessons learned and leave plenty of time for questions.


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William S. Smock, M.S., M.D

Police Surgeon - Louisville Metro Police Department