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“Who Wrote That Email?”

Forensic Authorship Attribution and Stylometry

TASA ID: 3949

Some cases hinge on the authorship of a document.   Whether we want to know about the author of a defamatory email, the source of a ransom note, or the authenticity of a will, one of the most important pieces of evidence is the one that establishes who wrote it.    Historically, most documents were handwritten and handwriting experts (today they go by the title “forensic document examiners”) could determine who wrote something from the slant of an f or the height of a t.  Even with typewritten documents, they could notice a chipped or an out-of-line c and identify the specific typewriter that created the document.   Physical creation also produces physical variance.
Category: Toxicology

The Gatekeeper Has a New Set of Keys: A Review of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence

TASA ID: 1111

Understanding, preparing and presenting medical information, as well as responding to the conclusions and opinions from opposing counsel's experts, can be a daunting task for an attorney....Judges are faced with the same issues in determining what science and technical information can be admitted in the cases for which they are presiding.  However, guidance is available to both judges and attorneys.

Scientific Evidence and Causation of Toxicity

TASA ID: 1111

Establishing causation is a critical - if not the most important - task when allegations of harm are made.  This is particularly true for adverse consequence arising from illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, and other chemicals.  Causation of adverse health effects and even wrongful death requires more than demonstrating an association or connection.  Knowing whether or not there is a causal link between a toxicant and a claimed adverse health effect is important for both plaintiffs and defendants.
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