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Wm. C. Plouffe

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Chapter 7: Expert Witnesses and Hired Guns

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Expert Witnesses and Hired Guns
Expert witnesses and hired guns

To obtain a conviction of a person for committing a crime, the state, through the prosecutor, must present sufficient evidence to convince the jury of the guilt of the suspect beyond a reasonable doubt. Evidence to support a conviction can take many forms, such as testimonial evidence of witnesses; physical evidence, such as the weapon used in the commission of the crime; and documentary evidence, such as the ransom note employed during a kidnapping. In almost all criminal proceedings, witnesses are the primary source of evidence against the accused. Almost all criminal convictions hinge upon the testimony of the witnesses presented by the prosecution. It is uncommon for criminal convictions to rest solely on physical evidence. ...

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