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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

When Your Expert Takes the 5th

More for the "you can't make this stuff up" category. The Washington Post story, For the Expert Witness, a Few Tough Questions has the story of the downfall of a self-professed expert, Robert David Madrid. His c.v. included:
an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, a master's degree from Georgetown University, a medical degree from Harvard and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Given those credentials, one might question why he was working for a P.I. firm in Anniston, Alabama. It all resolved itself in the following court room colloquy, where in today's parlance, you might say he pulled a Greenberg:
"Included in [your] CV . . . are some specific mentions of schools that you claim you have attended," the prosecutor said. "Did you, in fact, attend the University of Maryland?"

Madrid responded, "On the advice of counsel, I plead the Fifth Amendment."
Thanks to Blog702 for the heads up.

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