These cases illustrate some of the dilemmas encountered by courts when deciding who is an expert and to what can an expert testify? In the first example, the court must decide if the eye witness’s testimony was reliable. Would a psychologist’s testimony about the research on accuracy of eyewitness memory help the court do its job? In the second example, the court has to decide if scientific testimony by the general expert who did not examine Tate would provide information in addition to the experts who examined him by each side, to assist the jury in making the decision as to whether he had the capability to form the same intent as an adult. In the third example, the court must decide if the fact that Sara demonstrated characteristics of Rape Trauma Syndrome would prove that James had actually raped her?
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