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Here’s is a timely reminder about prosecution experts. This report comes from NBC news.

For more than three years, authorities in the state of Washington considered Dr. Elizabeth Woods one of their go-to experts in cases of suspected child abuse, often relying on her medical opinions to determine when to take children from parents or file criminal charges.

But this winter, Woods left her position as the director of the child abuse intervention program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, and last month she was removed from the small roster of doctors who provide expert medical reports to the state’s child welfare agency, hospital and state officials confirmed. Some area prosecutors have also been sending letters to defense lawyers disclosing that Woods’ credibility as an expert witness has been called into question.

These changes follow an NBC News and KING 5 (KING-TV) investigation from one year ago that revealed that Woods, 39, had provided false information while testifying under oath about why she never received key training to become certified as a child abuse medical expert. The investigation also examined four cases in which child welfare workers took children from parents based on Woods’ reports — including some in which Woods misstated key facts, according to a review of records — despite contradictory opinions from other medical experts who said they saw no evidence of abuse.

You should also verify your own expert’s qualifications or ones foisted on you by the gubmint.

For myself and many of my colleagues, we have an “A” list of experts we use regularly. We know they have solid credentials, and most importantly, we know that they also will tell us the correct information–don’t have an expert who is in it for the money and will say what you want them to say–this is a bad and dangerous practice.

I suspect if you are looking for a particular type of expert, you can ask us.

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