Kimberly A. Hart

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Kimberly A. Hart is a licensed private investigator and trial consultant in Toledo, Ohio. She first became involved in defending false allegations of abuse in the mid ’80s and was appalled by the dearth of knowledge and experience in the legal and professional communities to deal with false allegations of abuse. In 1990, Ms. Hart and others formed the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation, in an attempt to educate attorneys, medical doctors, mental health professionals, and others about the science involved in dealing with false allegations of abuse. She has been the prime mover in the annual seminars put on by the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center, bringing world-renowned experts from around the globe to present the science of dealing with false allegations of abuse to lawyers, caseworkers, police, judges, and others interested in separating real cases of abuse from false. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center, Ms. Hart has an active practice as a trial consultant, assisting attorneys throughout the country in defending cases involving false allegations of injury and abuse. Although not an attorney, she has actively assisted attorneys in defending cases as varied as indecency with a child to a dead “shaken-baby,” thereby gaining a well-deserved reputation as an excellent source of legal and medical expertise in these cases.

Stories from Kimberly A. Hart

DNA Evidence—New Tactics to Use in Challenging
Friday, July 10th, 2015

Who, in defending a case involving DNA evidence, has not heard testimony from the State’s expert to the effect that there is a one-in-3 billion chance of a match to someone other than the defendant? It does not matter that all 13 alleles do not match; the testimony is essentially the same. Invariably.

Taint: A Question of Reliability, Not Credibility or Competence
Friday, December 28th, 2012

Isn’t it interesting how the courts recognize taint in so many different contexts?1 We have an illegal search by the police and everything found during the illegal search becomes “fruit of the poisonous tree”—it is said to be tainted.