Criminal Prosecution for Scientific Fraud

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. Dave says:

    Those who control the power structure count on arguements like this to maintain their power. To paraphrase what Churchill had once said, “all it takes is for evil to win is for good scientists to sit idlely by”.

    The fact that scientific fraud and misconduct is “complex” is no argument for not pursuing resolution via the court systems. Some murders can be quite complex in nature, but that doesn’t mean we simply fail to prosecute them.

    As more and more instances of scientific fraud come to light, and more and more lawyers get trained in the various “modus operandi”, our expertise in prosecuting these cases will expand.

  2. Gerhard Falk says:

    Although scientific fraud is offensive and destructive, the penalty is the stigma which the scientific community imposes on fraudulent scientists. We certainly cannot trust prosecutors who are far more malicious and fraudulent than any scientists. Prosecutors, seeking to be re-elected constantly imprison innocent people and even send the innocent to their deaths. The time has come to rid outselves of prosecutors who evidently care only about their power and their money and don’t give a damn about justice.

  3. Yes charge scientists and university administrators who commit fraud with felony and send them to jail. There is a definite difference between an honest mistake and a deliberate premediatated fraud. And researchers who commit fraud are not children with their hands in the cookie jar,they are mean spirited adults who are out for private gain even if it means depriving people of cures and treatments. Delay in research can mean death .All for money and prestige. See my website, and see that cancer research was blocked to cover up academic scholarship fraud at Yale for U of Waterloo (RIM, the Blackberry). I know, I survived cancer because of those suppressed theories. In this modern world, research is critical, and fraud can not only lose money but lives, and given the fraud may be a vaccine, we are talking thousands of lives. Not cookies in a cookie jar. So if a scientist is imporatant enough to receive federal money , he/she is important enough to tell the truth, good or bad. And if they lie, the research is so important that they face serious consequences. If not, don’t apply for serious funding. Get it? So to help undo the corruption and ensure society is safe, help expose corruption and hold those accountable for their deliberate premediatated acts of selfishness and meaness. Thank you. E.A.Greenhalgh

  4. victim says:

    UCLA ‘s Dr. Matthew Lieberman and Dr. Naomi Eisenberger (whom is his wife) are guilty of horrible unethical research misconduct! They conduct environmentally manipulated unethical research experiments on unconsenting and unknowledgable individuals (in real time) while these individuals are living out their daily lives!

    They deliberately manipulate a person’s (real-time) social environment in such an extremely negative, unpleasant and intolerable way ,so that it causes that individual to be faced with problems that will cause them to suffer from long term social and emotional distress!

    They purposely manipulate an individuals daily social environment in a negative way, so that they will begin to suffer extreme amounts of emotional and visceral pain on a daily basis …all, due to the problems that dr. Matthew Lieberman and dr. Naomi Eisenberger’s group has deliberately caused for them!

    Their victims begins to suffer long episodes of rejection, isolation, ostracism, loss, abandonment and cannot find any social support. They are not told why or who has done this to them! Their lives are deliberately destroyed !They begin to suffer extreme amounts of pain all …so , Dr. Matthew Lieberman and his wife, UCLA’s Dr. Naomi Eisenberger can get a more original view of individuals suffering from social distress! The focus of their research experiments!

    Dr. Matthew Lieberman and Dr. Naomi Eisenberger ‘ s research projects need to be investigated ,
    shut down and held accountable for the lives and health of the individuals that they have tortured and destroyed all for their own financial greed, job security and to manipulate a way to get their research published in journals!