Saturday, January 19, 2008
Junk Science update: Plaintiff's attorney who represented the plaintiff who sued alleging repressed memories of sexual abuse from her Baptist minister agrees to vacate the jury's $1.75 million plaintiff's verdict. Free Republic.com. The plaintiff's expert Dr. Daniel Brown of Harvard helped the plaintiff's case of repressed memory of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. The Defendant's counsel however submitted affidavits from real experts that Dr Brown misrepresented the "general acceptance” within the relevant scientific community of his repressed memory hypothesis. They also stated in their affidavits that Dr Brown mis-stated the theory’s error rate, according to the papers. Error rate can determine the reliability of a scientific field. The defendant's attorney argued in filings that the good doctor Brown "either intentionally or through reckless indifference to the truth, mis-stated the existence of an error rate relating to” the hypothesis." Didn't Dr Brown realize that's the Plaintiff's attorney's job?