Name: Dr. Michael O’Laughlin
Company: Dr. Michael O’Laughlin, Expert Witness for Language Issues
Location: Carlisle, MA
Specialty: Police procedures and law enforcement
Expert witness profile description provided by Dr. O’Laughlin:
Consulted on over 100 criminal cases involving immigrants, issues of culture, religion, language, interpretation, foreign words, transcription, police interrogations and procedure, DWI, Miranda, etc.
Dr. O’Laughlin is listed in Courtroom Insight’s expert witness directory as a language issue expert. He has worked in the court system as a certified court interpreter, and is the director of the Boston University Interpreter Training Program. Dr. O’Laughlin is a Harvard and Oxford graduate, who is now offering his services as an Expert in Language Issues. He specializes in:
- Interpreter Qualifications and Ethics
- Translation Checking and Verification
- Limited English Proficiency Testing
- Miranda Warning Issues
- Equal Protection and Due Process Questions
- Literacy Testing
- Foreign Cultures and Languages
- Foreign Word Studies
- Immigrant Acculturation and Second Language Acquisition
- National Standards and Civil Rights Regarding Immigrant Populations
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Company: Moelleken Plastic Surgery
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Specialty: Plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
Expert witness profile description provided by Dr. Moelleken:
Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. Double board certified, he received his training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF and UCLA. Dr. Moelleken is one of three specialty-trained surgeons in the world to complete the year-long Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at UCLA. He maintains the prestigious F.A.C.S. degree and is a member of the ASPS and ASAPS.
Dr. Moelleken has also received extensive media coverage:
He has been selected by Marquis’ Who’s Who in America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles, LA Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Los Angeles”, and is on numerous Top Doctors Lists including Vogue Magazine’s “Top 10 Plastic Surgeons in America”. He has appeared on numerous local and national television segments including Extreme Makeover…CNN, Extra, BBC, Oprah, E! Entertainment, Discovery Health Channel, MTV, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and numerous local television programs.
Dr. Moelleken’s expert witness experience includes reviewing cases for the Doctor’s Insurance Company, medical malpractice suits, and trial experience. Be sure to visit Dr. Moelleken’s expert witness on Courtroom Insight profile for more information: Expert Witness Profile for Dr. Brent Moelleken
New York Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango has been been working with the Bronx courts since January, and is making major changes. The Bronx Courts currently boast the largest number of cases that are two years or older in New York City. In only six months, Justice DiMango has tried more than 500 cases, or about 40% of the Bronx’s case backlog. With such immediate progress, Justice DiMango is receiving praise from both the prosecutors and the defense attorneys,
“She pushes them,” said Harvey Slovis, who has represented several clients in the blockbuster court. “She wears them down. She’ll say: ‘I don’t think this is worth five years, I think it’s worth two and a half. Now go back to your bosses and tell them what I want, and they come back with these plea offers.’ ”
But with all great successes, there are trade-offs. Many defendants have accepted heavily reduced plea offers, such as misdemeanor assault for a crime originally charged as attempted murder.
Additionally, Justice DiMango, is overdue to return to Brooklyn. As new outside judges are brought in to help the Bronx’s remaining backlogged cases, court officials are worried that their progress will lose momentum and that the entire exercise is only a quick fix.
“The phenomenon is like a boat that’s taking on water,” said Steven Banks, the citywide attorney in chief of the Legal Aid Society. “As quickly as the water is bailed out, even more water is rushing in.”
To ensure their hard work does not go to waist, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recently announced his plans to reduce court delays and continue fighting the case backlog. One notable change is the emerging partnership between the bench and State Prosecutors, creating more lenient plea deals and greater efficiency. The rotating panels of outside judges also allow cases to be heard in a more timely manor.
Whether or not these changes will permanently reduce the Bronx’s backlogged cases is still up for debate, but one thing is certain– Justice DiMango uses the same effective method no matter the court.
“I have done exactly what I always do, which is strongly evaluate the case, listen to both sides, try to figure out what I think really might have happened, or the motivation for what might have happened, and then present it to the defendant in a way I think they’ll understand it, and will help them make a decision as to whether or not they should exercise their right to go to trial or accept a plea.”
Source: The New York Times
Illinois Circuit Court Judge Sharon O. Johnson was recently reviewed on Courtroom Insight. She is a Residential Subcircuit Judge for Cook County. Judge Johnson was reported as having a Defense Bias and was rated 1.0 out of 5.0 in every legal category including Judicial Management; Objectivity and Impartiality; and Demeanor and Professionalism. Here’s a short preview of her review:
Cook County Circuit Court
Sharon Dolores Oden-Johnson was admitted in 1996… She had NO jury trial experience and act[ed] as lead counsel in 4 civil bench trials before becoming a judge.
Ms. Oden-Johnson is one of the … most non-prepared judge[s] that I’ve ever seen, with a very poor judicial temperament.
It is obvious that her lack of litigation experience makes her absolutely incompetent when it comes to more complex matters.
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As pundits and the public continue to weigh in on George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, more details about the jurors’ deliberation are being revealed. Juror “B-37″ wanted to remain anonymous, but told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that at the beginning of their deliberation,
…three [jurors] were for acquittal, one was for second-degree murder and two were for the manslaughter charge
The jurors deliberated for fifteen hours before reaching their verdict, sending out a question regarding manslaughter to Judge Nelson during this time. Eventually, the jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. Juror B-37 explained,
I think George was pretty consistent and told the truth basically…[he was] a man whose heart was in the right place
The six jurors who remained in sequester throughout the trial, are now trying to return to their normal lives. Juror B-37 had initially agreed to a book deal describing her experience as a juror, but has since changed her mind as the reality of the situation has started to sink in,
Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury.
Juror B-37 also expressed remorse over the entire situation. She explained,
It was just hard thinking that someone had lost their life and nothing else could be done about it…It’s a tragedy that this happened.
Dr. Gordon Rausser, an environmental remediation expert, and Dr. Mark Strassberg, a neurologist and psychiatrist, were recently reviewed on Courtroom Insight. Both experts were rated 5.0 out of 5.0 in nearly every category including Command of Case Facts, Analytical Skills, Timeliness and Communication Skills. Here’s a short preview of the reviews:
OnPoint Analytics, Inc., Emeryville, CA
Dr. Rausser had a strong grasp of the case facts and was able to quickly adapt his analyses to new information presented at trial.
…his professorial attitude in court worked quite effectively in this bench trial.
Mark H. Strassberg, M.D., San Francisco, CA
Dr. Strassberg has an ability to quickly sum up a plaintiff’s psychiatric disorder(s) for the jury, and explain why other diagnoses do not apply.
His is one of the smartest experts I have ever had the pleasure of working with in trial.
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