Year: 1999 Source: AAS Newslink, v.25, no.4, (Winter 1999), p.3 SIEC No: 20030634

This editorial discusses the legal status of suicidologists’ testimony as expert testimony. The author describes the American Federal Rules of Evidence legislation (also known as the Daubert test). According to the author, while psychological autopsies satisfied criteria under previous legislation, the induction of the Daubert test allows a trial judge to decide reliability based on scientific validation which may present problems for the admissibility of psychological autopsies in future legal cases. (SC)