Attorneys' Pressures on the Expert Witness: Early Warning Signs of Endangered
Honesty, Objectivity, and Fair Compensation .
T. G. Gutheil and R. I. Simon,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
27(4): 546-553, 1999.
While most attorneys practice ethically and treat their retained experts fairly,
there are a few that do otherwise. The authors describe "early warning signs" of the likelihood
that the attorneys attempting to retain the psychiatric expert witness may compromise the expert's
honesty and striving for objectivity. Experts themselves may have certain vulnerabilities that
interfere with their ability to detect those early warning signs. Recommendations for the expert