Review the video titled “Choosing an Expert Witness” (7 min 10 s), located at http://www.policeone.com/training/videos/5956403-Choosing-an-Expert-Witness. Determine two (2) key factors that legal system professionals could use when selecting an expert witness. Next, discuss one (1) fundamental way that an expert can influence the legal system and analyze whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage to the legal system. Provide a rationale for your response.
Per the text, the need for expert testimony is based on the belief that experts have specialized knowledge that helps jurors understand the particulars of the evidence being presented to them. Suggest at least one (1) method that can assist jurors in recognizing an expert witness as an educator, an advocate, or a so called “hired gun.” Justify your response.