Days of expert shopping over

By David Biles
Updated April 18 2018 - 1:05pm, first published June 10 2012 - 5:00pm

The low point for expert witnesses in courts in Australia can be easily identified as the time of the Lindy Chamberlain trial in the Northern Territory about 20 years ago. In that trial a so-called expert witness claimed that the spray pattern of a substance used to reduce the sound in a car was foetal blood from the deceased Chamberlain child Azaria. The mother, Lindy, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, but subsequently acquitted after many other hearings.

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