High-Paid Testimony Ruled Not Automatically Disqualified

, New York Law Journal


Although "troubling," the practice of paying fact witnesses substantially more than nominal fees should not disqualify their testimony as long as trial judges properly charge juries about potential bias, the state Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.

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What's being said

  • Richard Stettine

    It is about time that we put some criminal penalties on individuals who demand obscene amounts of money for their "fact testimony." It should certainly, if nothing else, become a matter for the sanctions against the witness (perhaps treble the requested sum)

  • Bob Genis

    How is that history germane to diagnosis and treatment?

  • PeteF

    In some jurisdictions the prosecution will pay a retired police officer a $1,000.00 a day for a civil case. It doesn't matter if the officer testifies or not. Nothing prevents the other side from asking the expert how much they were paid and let the jury decide if there is a bias.

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