Scientists Help Protect Consumers

Judge listening to evidence It happens again and again. Thousands of court cases are decided the wrong way, billions of dollars are awarded, good companies go bankrupt and consumers are hurt because judges and juries do not understand the scientific bases for the evidence they're given.

Floy Lilley, Esq., program manager of the Clint W. Murchison Sr. Chair of Free Enterprises at the University of Texas at Austin, and an advisor to The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, offers a few examples:

One way to solve this, Lilley suggests, is for Congress to establish a fund so courts can retain neutral experts in medical and other scientific or technological cases, to advise judges and juries about the scientific facts in a case.(NAPSI)

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