Researchers find that many “impartial” expert witnesses lose sight of objectivity and tend to come to conclusions that align with those who pay for their services.
“It’s disappointing, because we’re not seeing clinicians demonstrate the objectivity we’re all aspiring to,” says Daniel Murrie of the University of Virginia’s Institute of Law. “But it’s also alarming because bias has such implications for justice. We really do want our justice system to have objective, reliable data, but at times the adversarial process that’s supposed to bring us closer to the truth is actually distorting the truth.”
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