WASHINGTON - When the government sues, a banker's best friend is not always a lawyer. Rather, the banker's fate may lie in the hands of an expert witness.

These professionals take the stand and explain the context of the case to the jury. Also, they debunk the government's claims, something lawyers can't do because they can't testify, several expert witnesses and lawyers said at recent conference sponsored by Regulatory Watchdog, a group for directors and officers of failed institutions..

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