All professions are conspiracies against the laity. - George Bernard Shaw
An expert's a person who knows enough about what's going on to be really scared. - P.J. Plauger
LAWS, RULES & CASES
The Federal Rules of Evidence
Articles VI - Witnesses, and VII - Opinions & Expert Testimony
An expert is an ordinary man away from home giving advice. - Oscar Wilde
Erickson v Newmar, 9th Cir '96
Very Interesting; Ex Parte Contact w/ Adversary's Expert is 'Witness Tampering' & 'Unethical Conduct'
If the world blows itself up, the last sound would be an expert saying it can't be done. - Peter Ustinov
Kirk v Raymark, 3rd Cir '95
Just being Consultant or Witness doesn't make Expert a Party's Agent
An expert's someone who's never in doubt but often in error. - R. Rinkle
US v Morales, 9th Cir '97
Admitting Expert's Opinion Testimony on Defendant's Mental Element of Crime
COSTS, COURT APPOINTMENT, Etc.
EXPERT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE STANDARDS
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
An expert's someone who can take something you already knew and make it sound confusing. - R. Rinkle
See Our Law & Medicine Topic Area for much more on Medical Experts, Malpractice issues, etc.
Hell If We Know What, If Anything, These Mean:
You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy. - Drilling experts to Edwin Drake, 1859
Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. - Pierre Pachet, Physiology Prof. at Toulouse, 1872
This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings... The device is inherently of no value. - Western Union, 1876
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. - Lord Kelvin, Royal Society Pres., 1895
Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. - Irving Fisher, Prof. of Economics, Yale Univ., '29
I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable falling on his face and not me. - Gary Cooper rejecting lead in 'Gone With The Wind'
I think there's a world market for maybe five computers. - Thomas Watson, IBM chairman, '53
We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. - Decca Records rejecting the Beatles, '62
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. - Ken Olson, Pres. & founder of DEC, '77
640K ought to be enough for anybody. - Bill Gates, '81