Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom

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CHAPTER 9
Harmonious Coupling
Ignoring the Environment

THEOCRATO: Henceforth, in all tort cases, cause-in-fact between defendant and plaintiff is no longer a necessary connective for liability.

PRACON Outstanding. Ridiculous, but outstanding. Are you with Critical Legal Studies?

-- Ronald Lansing

The Motherless Calf, Aborted Cow Theory of Cause ( 1984)

Joan Berry's mistake, her lawyers said, had been to fall for Charlie Chaplin. She was a naive young woman of modest means. He was a wealthy and famous movie star, reputed to have had many affairs. Sometime in December 1942, she became pregnant. Not long after, she demanded that Chaplin pay child support for her new daughter, Carol Ann.

It was a scandalous trial. Berry claimed she had slept with Chaplin on December 10, 23, 24, and 30. Chaplin was required to parade in front of the jury beside Joan and her infant child. Chaplin's butler agreed there had been a meeting on December 23. Chaplin himself admitted a liaison with Berry before March 1942, but denied all the December trysts.

It emerged, however, that in November, and again the following January and April, Joan had traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where another male companion had wined and dined her, taken

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