Bioethics in a Legal Forum: Confessions of an 'Expert' Witness

TitleBioethics in a Legal Forum: Confessions of an 'Expert' Witness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsFletcher, JC
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Volume22
Issue4
Pagination297-324
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number03605310
KeywordsExpert Witness , MEDICINE
AbstractThis article reflects on the author's modest experience as an expert witness in two trials: 'Osheroff vs. Greenspan' (1983) and 'In the Matter of Baby K' (1994). Bioethicists' expertise as scholar-teachers and consultants on particular issues merits qualification by judges as expert witnesses. The article argues that a different kind of expertise--strong moral advocacy--is required to be an effective expert witness. The major lessons of expert witnessing for the author concern the demands and strains on the bioethicist's role as scholar, teacher and consultant. The Baby K case is analyzed in some detail, due to its importance for bioethics, ethics consultation and the testimony of bioethicists on either side of the case. Rules of thumb are offered to guide decisions as to choices regarding expert witnessing, as well as a discussion of the interaction of law and bioethics.
NotesCover Date: August 1997.Source Info: 22(4), 297-324. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 31-4. Subject: BIOETHICS; ETHICS; EXPERT WITNESS; LAWS; LITIGATION. Update Code: 20110221.
DOI10.1093/jmp/22.4.297
Short TitleBioethics in a Legal Forum: Confessions of an 'Expert' Witness
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