Science and Law Don't Mix
The inability of the legal system to keep garbage science out of the court rooms is well documented. This issue was best summarized by the American Bar Association: “Lawyers and judges often do not have the background to correctly assess data, scientific research or technology.” Paid expert witnesses can have a disproportionate impact on proceedings.
This issue was brought into stark focus by District Judge Paul W. Grimm of the US District Court. The persuasiveness of an erroneous narrative painted by anti-vaping advocates, that fruit and dessert flavored ejuices were designed to hook kids, played a role in his ruling to void FDA’s decision to delay premarket tobacco applications until