by Scott Creighton (H/T Stan)
‘Physician, heal thyself’
After various failed attempts to lie to the general public about a possible motive for the Sandy Hook massacre, it looks like they are going to try another approach: junk science and “The EVIL Gene“
I got an idea: let’s toss James Holmes in a lake. If he swims to the side and survives he’s guilty and he gets burned at the stake otherwise he’s still guilty and we save some matches.
When a reader here tipped me off to this Daily Mail story I thought it had to be a joke. No joke.
At a time when forensic science is being called into question for running “problematic” investigations which could have led to tens of thousands of wrongful convictions, that whacky medical examiner from Newtown has a great idea: he has asked for a ground breaking study to find “the evil gene” to answer that nagging question about motive (you know, the fact that Adam Lanza, James Holmes and William Spengler didn’t have any motive for the spate of 2nd amendment nixing crimes attributed to them).
Scientists have been asked to study the DNA of Newtown school killer Adam Lanza to see if has an ‘evil’ gene that led him to carry out the massacre.
The study, which will look at any abnormalities or mutations in his individual DNA, is believed to be the first of its kind ever carried out on a mass murderer…
… The study of the killer’s DNA has been ordered by Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver who carried out the post mortems on all the victims.
He has contacted geneticists at University of Connecticut’s to conduct the study. Daily Mail
So now Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver is officially looking for the “evil gene”. Keep in mind this is the same M.E. whose department lost it’s accreditation under his watch and who resigned in a huff earlier this year because the state had to cut back on some funding including his $300,000 a year paycheck.
“Carver has chafed at budget cuts imposed by the Malloy administration as well as a planned reorganization that would restrict his autonomy. His department also had its national accreditation downgraded by one agency and dropped by another, problems that Carver said would be rectified.
Carver, who is paid $299,783 as medical examiner…” CT Post
300 grand to go out there and tell the press he’s now looking for the “evil gene” with a straight face? I guess that would be worth it to some people.
“oh. No motive? uh… did he have the evil gene? Yes? Well. There you go”
To put all of this into a current events context, just the other week a story broke about FBI and state labs doing sloppy work to get convictions all across the country. Horribly sloppy work.
“The FBI’s crime lab was at one point reputed to be one of the most elite, well-run labs in the world. Not so much anymore. For the last year, the agency has been embroiled in a huge and growing scandal in which its crime lab technicians have been found to have vastly overstated the value and conclusiveness of forensic evidence in criminal cases. The breadth and seriousness of the problem have only come to light in the last year or so, although there have been warning signs going back to the 1990s. The number of convictions affected is in the thousands, possibly the tens of thousands.” Radly Balko
Of course at first they wanted to keep all of this as quiet as possible knowing full well that many others would have been affected by these poorly run tests. Keeping innocent people locked away for crimes they didn’t commit but it’s ok because the “Justice” Department did the bare minimum of what the law demanded as far as warning others about the mistakes.
But then again, the Justice Department isn’t about justice anymore is it? Not anymore than the Ministry of Truth was about the truth.
How is it that our courts have for decades now allowed the use of bad science to put citizens in prison — or even to send them to their deaths? Why is it that junk science can so easily slip into the courtroom during a criminal trial, but when said science is later called into question — or even shown to be complete nonsense — it can be so difficult, sometimes impossible, for the people convicted by that science to get a new trial? Should the objective of a prosecutor be to seek justice, or to win convictions? Do crime labs exist to objectively test and analyze forensic evidence, or are they part of the prosecution’s “team?”
How have we structured the incentives at crime labs, in prosecutors’ offices, and at the Justice Department? Are prosecutors rewarded for seeking justice, or for racking up convictions? Radley Balko
Junk science, bad science, nonsense… there are a lot of somewhat recent examples to choose from: the Magic Bullet Theory, Building 7, Bruce Ivins, electronic voting machines with their secret codes, H1N1, Anthropomorphic Global Warming, GM foods are perfectly safe, the list goes on and on.
And now we can soon add yet another to that collection: the EVIL gene.
Perhaps if they really wanted to run some targeted sampling for their studies they could start with a control group of mass murderers and war criminals. They could start with George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Leeden, Condi Rice, George W. Bush, George P. Shultz, David Rockefeller, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, anyone named Rothschild, Barack Obama, anyone named Clinton, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Jamie Dimon, anyone who works for Goldman Sachs, anyone who ever worked for Goldman Sachs, anyone anywhere near the International Bank for Settlements, the IMF, the World Bank, all of the 16 banks involved with LIBOR, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano… (here’s a hint: if they own a copy of Atlas Shrugged and think it’s actually well written, save yourself some time… they are the EVIL gene)…
… and you can toss in anyone who helps cover up the real assassins from Aurora, Newtown and Webster for that matter.
While we are on that evidence line, I guess they could take a little sample from the illustrious Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver. Check and out his home library while you’re at it.
Evil gene? ‘Physician, heal thyself’