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Expert Witness

Friday, January 29,1999 - 02:10 PM ET

Jim Richardson is happy to be free after serving eight years in a West Virginia prison.

(CBS) Study after study shows that juries put a great deal of faith in the testimony of expert witnesses. A good expert witness can often swing a verdict one way or another. But how reliable are these experts? CBS News 48 Hours takes a look at several incredible cases in which experts made the difference - sometimes helping the innocent prove their innocence, other times helping send the innocent to jail unjustly.

48 Hours, Expert Witness

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