Paid witness’ testimony ruled admissible by appeals court

02/13/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – A New York appeals court has determined the testimony of a doctor paid to testify in a personal injury case is admissible. As reported by Reuters, the New York State Court of Appeals made the ruling last week regarding the case of Bessie Caldwell against Communications Specialists and Cablevision.

The court stated it was “troubled” by the doctor being paid $10,000 to provide an hour of testimony, and the trial court jury should have been made privy to his potential bias; however, the payment was not in violation of New York state law.

Judge Eugene Pigott is quoted in the report as writing for the court, “Such payments, when exorbitant as compared to the amount of time the witness spends away from work or business, create an unflattering intimation that the testimony is being bought or, at the very least, has been unconsciously influenced by the compensation provided.”

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