Nov 30, 2011
me+ME: More on WPI vs Mikovits
because this links indeed to the documents in the case, and also to some relevant background information, including the following, in case you want some psychological clarifications of the reactions of quite a few patients:
Yes, I know I gave them before, but then they are relevant. Here is a link I didn't give before, to a Wikipedia entry on a book I mentioned before
It must be somewhere among my books, and I read it decades ago, and may quote some from it if I can find it, and until then you'll have to make do with the link, or use your own native thinking equipment.
Anyway... here is a little update on The Mikovits Case, that initially puzzled me a bit, from several sources I got. This is one of the clearest, in Science Magazine, by Jon Cohen:
As far as I can see, Mikovits or her new lawyer try to play legal games, but then I am far from Reno. This is from RMM at dr. Deckoff-Jones's blog X Rx: (dated at 30 nov 12.55, two small typos corrected by me):
As far as I know, the US law holds the same sort of clause as the Dutch law: Every citizen is supposed to know the law. That is, ignorance or incomprehension of the law is no excuse, apart from an insanity plea.
So to me this seems a silly sort of defense, especially as defense of a recently dismissed scientific researcher ("world renowned") who led a laboratory she then had her assistant steal the notebooks from and render to her upon her dismissal. (In case you doubt this, the evidence is linked here: ME: WPI vs Mikovits - documents in the case).
I agree with RMM that it now seems that dr. Mikovits does not deny any longer having had the materials of the WPI and having obtained them illegally, but insists that she did not know - then - she was doing any wrong. I don't think that will wash legally, but then her lawyers may not be able to think of anything better.
Also, as I have noted before, indeed when discussing dr. Deckoff-Jones's statements about her friend dr. Mikovits, ten days ago, in me+ME: Dr. Mikovits arrested - 2, the initial defense of dr. Mikovits through her lawyer Lois Hart was that "Our Judy" neither stole nor had the lab books, notebooks and flash drive, and that it was the WPI that made them disappear.
Others noted the same inconsistency, and here - to save myself repeating myself - is RMM again, whom I do not know at all, but who has a head on his shoulders, which is an eventuality not all patients with ME can rationally plead to, and this time quoted from ERV's blog, at nr. 203, in reaction to the same news of the surrender of "the world renowned cancer researcher", as I also read in some US journalistic reporting on the case:
For more by me on the original defense, see e.g. me+ME: WPI vs Mikovits in court (from 15 days ago). And as to RMM's very last statement: Quite possibly so, but then that is the friendly version. The less friendly version is that dr. Mikovits very well knew what she did and had been doing, but has been found out, by Abbie Smith, by the BWG, by the Whittemores, by her retroviral (former) colleagues, by Science, and by Nature, to name some, although there still are followers of Guru Gerwyn among patient who believe in her goodness, kindness, honesty, and genius, especially such as have no adequate ideas about real science.
Finally, not being American, and being initially puzzled by the term "surrender":
What it presumably means, in legalese, is that dr. Mikovits went to the Reno Police Department, who indeed wanted to see her and had her arrested in California, and had a talk about the cases against her, one civil and started by the WPI, and one criminal and started, it seems, by the Reno police, on having read the testimony of Mr Pfost (for which see: ME: WPI vs Mikovits - documents in the case).
She was not arrested, and I suppose she went there to try to have the upcoming court case of 19 december dismissed, but that seems unlikely to me, e.g. given Annette Whittemore's statement quoted by Jon Cohen:
No doubt this story will be continued.
Updates later in the day:
- Embattled scientist in theft probe: Ewen Callaway, in Nature News
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
Short descriptions of the above:
1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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