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The Ruby Trial

Nathan K. Rickles, MD
JAMA. 1964;188(10):938-939. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060360098031.
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To the Editor:—  The spectacle of the battle of the experts was once again dramatically portrayed before the world. And once again futility, controversy, and confusion were displayed. Six experts testified and, like adversaries lined up on opposing sides of a giant tug of war, gave conflicting reports.Why is this state of utter confusion permitted to continue? One cannot blame the experts, as their appearance and behavior have become accepted in our American system of justice. I have personally appeared as an expert for both defense and prosecution. I know the expectations of both sides and how these pressures can influence honest judgment. After the histrionics of cross-examination, no matter how dignified or impartial the expert may try to be, the testimony seems open to censure and many times to ridicule. The spectacle of the doctor in court does little to enhance his image. Most certainly, justice is made

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