EXPERT WITNESSES & JUDICIAL EPISTEMOLOGY
The Texas Supreme Court recently wrote a case which surely contains the most important discussion of thinking about expert witnesses it–or any other court anywhere, for that matter–has set forth for many years. Houston Unlimited, Inc. Metal Processing, [Defendant-Petitioner] v. Mel Acres Ranch [Plaintiff -Respondent], 57 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 1223m 2014 WL 4116810 (August 22, 2014.)* It is not only a discourse on juridical epistemology; it is also a how-to manual for both judges and advocating lawyers. I will discuss details in another post (or other blogs). For now, here, I shall quote one of its most important observations:
*This opinion can be found on the Court’s website. It is easily locatable.
**As shall be shown elsewhere, the wording is a bit misleading and could have been done more accurately from a semantic point of view.
Originally posted on 11/18/2014 @ 3:01 pm