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The Role of the Expert Witness in a Court Trial (A Guide for the Expert Witness) Spiral-bound – January 10, 1997

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"A 'must-read' for experts! This easy-to-read handbook is chock full of healthy tidbits of information for all trial experts to read and refer back to time and time again. It is prepared for us by an expert witness who has quite obviously 'been there and done that.'" -- Robert K. Rainer, Esq., Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

"Kudos to Benjamin J. Cantor, for preparing such an informative, practical and concise handbook for the expert witness. I would certainly recommend your guide to the seasoned expert witness as well as to anyone offering expert testimony for the first time." -- Jill A. Shipe, Director, Legal Expert Pages, The Trial Lawyer's #1 Expert Source

"The Role of the Expert Witness in a Court Trial is a concisely written pragmatic guide for the forensic expertwhethera physician, an engineer, an economist, or anyone who would qualify as an expert under the Daubert standardHis chapter on cross-examination is particularly helpfulMr. Cantor takes the expert through the various stages of the process of being an expert, from the consideration of fees through direct testimonyWithout hesitation, I recommend this book for the expert witness, whether novice or experienced." -- David N. Glaser, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Psychiatry; Diplomate, American College of Forensic Examiners; Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Medicine

"The Role of the Expert Witness in a Court Trial offers one a quick and useful guide to testifying as an expert witness. The first 70 pages include chapters on preparing for testimony, fees for expert witnesses, establishing credentials, and giving testimony as an expert witness. The second half of Cantor's book contains many examples of how photographs, drawings and other demonstrative evidence have been used in trials." -- Mike Sherer, Ph.D., Professor of Media Law & Mass Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha

"The first thing that catches your eye is the convenient size of this bookapproximately 6x9 inches and spiral-bound. Besides the gems of wisdom residing therein, the book almost invites you in. Turn the book over and you get a minor surprise: 'Justice is blind' states the first line on the outside back cover, then adds, 'until it understands the facts.' That upbeat approach is evident throughout the book. Emphasis is placed on courtroom procedures and what is expected of the expert witness. This book is a valuable addition to your library." -- Renee C. Martin, Diplomate, National Association of Document Examiners

"This book is a soft-cover, ring-bound book of 161 pages. For someone looking for a concise book regarding experts, this is it. The author, Benjamin J. Cantor, is a pioneer in the field of forensic photography. He has degrees in both law and engineering and, since much of his life has involved expert testimony, he is well qualified to address issues of interest to both the expert and the attorney regarding the role of the expert witness." -- Captain Kirk Greiner, Editor, Expert Newsletter, Maritime & Aviation Consultants, Vancouver, Washington

"This book is written by an expert witness. Who better to write this book? Anyone who deals with witnesses, from law enforcement officers, victim advocates, to trial attorneys and their paralegals would benefit from Mr. Cantor's outstanding book." -- Claudette Holliday, Palmetto Paralegal Association

"This publication has a number of things to recommend it other than just the overall topic. The book is extremely well organized, well referenced, and, above all, is easy to read. It is an excellent reference and training guide for the expert witness, and would be a welcomed addition to any forensic library." -- Robert J. Hazen, F.B.I. Retired, Book Review Editor, Journal of Forensic Identification

About the Author

Benjamin J. Cantor could have very well put the word "expert" in "expert witness." A pioneer in the field of forensic photography, who has testified as an expert witness in more than 100 trials, has recently authored a guide book "The Role of the Expert Witness in a Court Trial (A Guide For the Expert Witness)".

In his almost 50 years as a forensic photographer, Cantor has participated in several high-profile cases. F. Lee Bailey employed Cantor's services as a legal evidence photographer in the appeal of the Dr. Sheppard murder case to the United States Supreme Court in which the court ordered a new trial. Dr. Sheppard was acquitted in the second trial. The Dr. Sheppard case was later the basis for the book and movie "The Fugitive."

Cantor's services were also used in a medical malpractice case that subsequently became the basis for a book and the movie "The Verdict." (From Belmont Citizen-Herald 9/5/96)

Benjamin J. Cantor holds a degree in engineering from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. He was the founder and the president of Boston Photo Servicespecializing in forensic photographyfor over 40 years.

After his retirement, he founded Legal Evidence Photography Seminars, conducting seminars on the role of the expert witness and forensic photography.

Cantor is co-author of the treatise "Photographs in Civil Litigation" and has written many articles on evidence photography and the role of the expert witness.

He is founder and life member of Evidence Photography International Council (EPIC); life member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA); life member of National Press Photographers Association (NPPA); member of American Academy of Forensic Science; and member of American College of Forensic Examiners.

Cantor received the Craftsman Photographer Degree from PPA; the Burt Williams Award from NPPA; and the Fellow Degree from EPIC. He also is the recipient of the R.C. Hakanson Plaque "for Distinguished Service to Forensic Photography" from EPIC.


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Distributed by San Diego Book Distributors (January 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965389707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965389709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,203,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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