Judge criticises expert witness for misrepresenting research findingsBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7336.505 (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:505
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A UK judge has strongly criticised an expert witness in a personal injury case, accusing him of misusing the works of others, misrepresenting his critics, and abandoning any claim to objectivity.
Judge John Griffith Williams, recorder of Cardiff, sitting as a High Court judge, said that Peter Behan, emeritus professor of neurology at Glasgow University, “demonstrated a capacity to use his interpretation of the evidence to suit his purposes which conflicts with his duty to the court as an expert witness.”
Professor Behan was representing Christine Perry, a former post office worker who alleged that she developed multiple sclerosis as a result of falling over a mailbag at …