Thursday, May 7, 2009

Humpty dumpty judge sides with BCA in Singh hearing

Bad news, I am afraid, from the courtroom in the BCA versus Simon Singh case (see yesterday's post). The Judge, emulating Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking Glass, has decided that he is the master of Singh's words and can decide that they mean what he wants them to mean. He has ruled that Singh's words:
"The British Chiropractic Association claims that their members can help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying, even though there is not a jot of evidence. This organisation is the respectable face of the chiropractic profession and yet it happily promotes bogus treatments."

should be interpreted as meaning that Singh is claiming that the BCA knew the treatments were bogus and dishonestly promoted them anyway. Singh is likely to appeal!

More news here:

I am hoping for a more lawyerly commentary on the hearing from Jack-of-Kent in the next day or two.

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