Witnesses and Whistleblowers

Expert Testimony

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Alton Ochsner

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Ernst Wynder

During the mid-1950s, plaintiffs called Alton Ochsner and Ernst Wynder, notable scientists studying tobacco disease, as expert witnesses. By the later 1960s, retired Surgeon General Luther Terry had also testified for plaintiffs.

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Surgeon General Luther Terry

Defendants groomed witnesses chosen and trained by company lawyers; these same experts also appeared on behalf of the cigarette industry at Congressional Committee hearings.


Insiders who leaked valuable information