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Saks quoted in 'Arizona Attorney'
An article in the July/August issue of
magazine, “New Standard for Scientific and Expert Testimony,” included comments from Regents’ Professor
The article, by editor Tim Eigo, reported on a new standard in Arizona that controls the admissibility of expert opinion testimony in state courts. Arizona has moved from using the
test, named for a 1923 federal circuit court case regarding polygraph evidence, to the
standard, which resulted from a series of three cases in the 1990s when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the
test. The federal courts and more than half of the states use the
Eigo reported that
is most often touted as a tool to limit the admission of testimony that sometimes is viewed as “junk science.”
standard in use, Saks said he expects more successful challenges by defendants of plaintiff evidence.
“Judges have become more aggressive in using
to exclude tort plaintiffs’ evidence,” he said, noting that can lead to a serious problem in which the defendant may be in the only one in a position to research whether its product is harmful or not.
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Saks’ research focuses on empirical studies of the legal system, especially decision-making; the behavior of the litigation system, and the law’s use of science. He is the fourth most-cited law-and-social-science scholar in the U.S., and has authored approximately 200 articles and books. Courses he has taught include criminal law, evidence, law and science, property and torts.