I had the bad fortune one morning to get a telephone call from a dear friend who’s brother had been arrested for attempted murder for allegedly shaking is four month old son, who was critically ill. I did not know where to turn.
Fortunately, the Louise Woodward case was still in the news, and a friend referred me to Elaine Whitfield Sharp who had particular expertise in the area of head injuries. Elaine was most generous with her time. I drove to Marblehead several times to consult with her on the science, and”how to cross-examine a state’s expert.
She shared most generously with her work product, her time, her collection of professional literature, and transcripts. She is a virtual “how to” guide in learning to defend these serious cases with clients who are at the most vulnerable.
Elaine entered her appearance as co-counsel, and we prepared this case as if it were to be a trial. Luckily it wasn’t, and my client was able to get an excellent disposition.
I would have been lost without Elaine’s technical expertise, consultation of legal issues under the Rhode Island version of Daubert, and her emotional support.
Lise J. Gescheidt
Attorney at Law