How easy is it to get expert witness credentials?

How easy is it to get expert witness credentials? It turns out…a lot easier than you’d think. An MSNBC expose revealed that one of the leading forensic expert credentialing services requires nothing more than 1) a fee, 2) an application, and 3) watching a video followed by an open book quiz.

http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/17/11248694-no-forensic-background-no-problem?lite

Their reporter, without any expertise whatsoever, paid the fee, watches the video and took the open book quiz. After passing, he got a certification and expert witness credentials. This same organization has credentialed prisoners, a dog and a child…

Soft or unworthy expert witnesses are destroying the system. They invade our courtrooms and cases and sway jurors and judges to reach unjust results. I wonder who else in our system has earned their credentials this easily? Hmmm…

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