October 18, 2019 practice points

My Last Jury Trial: Verdicts Drive All Decisions

The message in civil verdicts

By Hon. Mark A. Drummond (Ret.)

He was old, but he was possibly the most impressive expert witness I had ever seen. He took everyone in the courtroom through an understandable tutorial on reading magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images. He made this complicated topic fascinating. This was probably due to the fact that he helped develop the MRI machine!

He was crossed on how much he charges to testify in court. It was substantial, but even then, I had the feeling that if he helped invent the MRI machine, any amount might not be beyond the pale. When crossed on the number of times he had testified, the expert conceded it had been many times, but he added with a slight smile, ā€œIā€™m slowing down.ā€ All of the jurors smiled; several stifled a laugh.

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