Monday, March 1, 2010

John Lott One-Upped

The ambition of an artist:
A former University at Buffalo addictions researcher hired professional actors to testify on his behalf during an investigation into whether he fabricated data in federally funded studies, state prosecutors said Tuesday.

William Fals-Stewart paid three actors to speak by phone during a university misconduct hearing in 2007 - and then sued the state for $4 million when their false testimony helped exonerate him, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office said.
Now that's the kind of kooky plot we like to see succeed! But wait a minute:
The actors, using scripts written by Fals-Stewart, testified as three people who had worked on his projects at the university's Research Institute on Addictions or who had access to records, prosecutors said in court documents. One of them told investigators he had been paid $200 for his testimony.
He's just another iteration of The Man keeping the poor jobbing actor down.

9 comments:

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

A former University at Buffalo addictions researcher hired professional actors to testify on his behalf during an investigation into whether he fabricated data in federally funded studies, state prosecutors said Tuesday.


Is this a syringe which I see before me,
The plunger toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, strung-out vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A syringe of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the horse-oppressed brain?

Another Kiwi said...

Well I'm in my office at the wrong end of a bottle of Rye when in walks a dame. A dame like any other except I could see she was Tee E E Trouble.
"Hello there, " she said in a voice that could boil ice cubes "Want to take a survey, Seamus???"

M. Bouffant said...

Wrong end? Keep the bottle in a paper bag. That way you never know when the end is near.

M. Bouffant said...

On topic: $200.00 to 'phone in some perjury for a couple of hours?

That's better than the acting types would get for a day's worth of dirty-talk on the sex lines where most of them work.

Actors should not be spoiled.

editor_u said...

Link (in your posting) to the original article went to a 404 "not found" page; a second try transported us to a 500 "server error" page. A search on that publication's site for cuomo actor william fals-stewart, etc., etc. yields nothng. Maybe (?!) their site is screwed up.

Google turned up many possibilities, though. Here's one:

http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/02/16/958394/ex-ub-researcher-charged-with.html

It worked when I tried it anyway.

editor_u

Substance McGravitas said...

Eh, using the cached one for now because it contains the $200 reference.

Substance McGravitas said...

Curse you internet and your ephemeral ways!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Fals-Stewart died mysteriously shortly after his arrest. No cause of death has yet been identified.

http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/02/24/967562/former-ub-researcher-accused-of.html

Substance McGravitas said...

Gee, will the cause of death be poetic or what?