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"Well�what do you want me to say here?"

Lest it be imagined that the problem of attorney-subservient expert testimony is unique to this country, here's an account by BabyBarista, a highly popular British law blog, of "Dr4Hire", an orthopedic surgeon with a nice little sideline in whiplash:

�Now. Turning to the next issue, Dr4Hire. Why didn�t you mention the second accident in your medical report?�
�Because I didn�t want to damage our case.�
�Yes�I understand. Now, let�s see if that can perhaps be phrased more�how shall I put it�independently. Might it be that you considered it such a minor accident as to be irrelevant?�
�Yes, that might very well be. Quite.�
P.S. 7:30 a.m.: Eric Turkewitz calls to my attention -- and I should have been observant enough to catch in the first place -- the notice on the "BabyBarista" site, "This is a fictional account of a pupil barrister undergoing the trials of pupillage at the English Bar. It is not based on fact." So this particular account should be regarded as fiction (although fiction which seems to strike many of the commenters as quite consistent with experiences they have had in the real world of British law).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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