Many courts have lax standards for evidence and judges who abandon their role as gatekeepers, resulting in an abundance of “junk science” evidence presented to jurors. This is especially common in litigation regarding the glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer and talcum baby powder.
ATRA supports implementation of the Daubert standard of evidence in courts, requiring that theories must be based on sound scientific method. The Daubert standard has been adopted by a majority of states and the federal court system. Further, ATRA believes judges must follow applicable laws regarding evidentiary standards if they are in place in their state.
Judges should allow juries to hear all scientific evidence and determine the validity of what is presented.