A convicted felon writes a paper on hotly debated diets. What could go wrong?

Richard Fleming

Pro-tip for journals and publishers: When you decide to publish a paper about a subject — say, diets — that you know will draw a great deal of scrutiny from vocal proponents of alternatives, make sure it’s as close to airtight as possible.

And in the event that the paper turns out not to be so airtight, write a retraction notice that’s not vague and useless.

Oh, and make sure the lead author of said study isn’t a convicted felon who pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud.

If only we were describing a hypothetical.

On September 27 of this year, Richard M. Fleming — that’s “PhD, MD, JD AND NOW Actor-Singer!!!” according to his Twitter profile — and colleagues published a paper in Clinical Cardiology. The paper, a comparison of “the three major diets,” concluded:

One-year  lowered-carbohydrate  diet significantly increases  cardiovascular risks, while a low-to-moderate-fat  diet significantly reduces cardiovascular risk factors.  Vegan diets were intermediate. Lowered-carbohydrate dieters  were least inclined to continue dieting after conclusion of  the study. Reductions in coronary blood flow reversed with appropriate  dietary intervention. The major dietary effect on atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is inflammation and not weight loss.

The next day, the very same Richard M. Fleming was debarred by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

for 10 years from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Fleming was convicted of two felonies under Federal law that involved fraud. Additionally, Fleming has demonstrated a pattern of conduct sufficient to find that there is reason to believe that he may violate requirements under the FD&C Act relating to drug products.

Indeed, as the Lincoln Journal-Star reported in 2010:

Fleming admitted that in 2002 he billed Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska for falsely represented medical tests.

In 2004, Fleming admitted, he submitted false data after being paid to perform a clinical study on the health benefits of a soy chip food product.

Within days, you might say that the knives came out. On September 30, George Henderson posted a blog item alleging numerous problems with the study. One of the things that Henderson points out is that this study — at least according to the trial’s registration — was apparently completed in 2002.

On October 18, Ben Hogan, senior publisher at Wiley, the publisher of Clinical Cardiology, wrote to Fleming:

We have been alerted by several readers to concerns about the article, particularly the dataset and the funder. Further, given the recent FDA ruling, in order to proceed with publication of the manuscript, we will need to see the original ethics board review, statements of consent from participants, and original data for further review. We take these matters extremely seriously and want to ensure that everything is cleared before publication. The article is currently on hold.

A lot to unpack there. First, the funder, as noted in the paper, was the Camelot Foundation, a nonprofit that Fleming appears to have founded. Second, while the FDA ruling was recent, Fleming’s conviction wasn’t: It was in 2009. Third, we’ve seen a number of cases in which failure to obtain proper IRB approval — which is of course a serious matter — is used as a rationale for retracting a paper with much more serious flaws, but obviating the need for a larger investigation, sort of like getting Al Capone on tax evasion.

Finally, the paper was already published, with a DOI and all the other trimmings, so saying that it was somehow in a “before publication” state isn’t accurate — even if some publishers would like “do-overs” for papers that are published online but aren’t yet assigned to an issue.

Hogan gave Fleming 48 hours “to confirm that the data is available.” Fleming responded in that timeframe, sending Wiley what they requested. But on October 23, Hogan wrote back to him, saying that the article would be retracted in a few days:

The reasoning is as described previously.

Sometime between then and today — we think it was in late October, although the retraction notice doesn’t say — the paper was retracted:

The above article, published online on 27 September 2018 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been withdrawn by agreement between the journal Editor in Chief, A. John Camm and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The article has been withdrawn due to concerns with data integrity and an undisclosed conflict of interest by the lead author.

The lack of date isn’t the only thing that’s unclear in the notice. What “concerns with data integrity” led to the retraction? Were they the ones Henderson raised? And what was the undisclosed conflict of interest by the lead author, aka Fleming?

Hogan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

‘I don’t agree’

We asked Fleming — one of whose co-authors, Gordon Harrington, died in 2015 — whether he agreed with the retraction, and whether he could say why the paper was withdrawn:

No, I don’t agree with the retraction of the paper. The major purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of dietary counseling and the ability of people to[,] through self-efficacy counseling[,] regulate their own dietary habits. This was demonstrated independent of which dietary regimen people were on. When I started sharing the online version, ahead of print issue, I started receiving criticism from the Low Carbohydrate group. While the initial conversations were negative, with discussion that seemed to dissipate however the complaints had already been sent in.

Per the request of the Journal I submitted an IRB form and the original raw data. The journal elected to retract the paper due to questions of data validity and a conflict of interest. I am not certain what the conflict was and I have seen no documentation that the data is invalid. As a journal reviewer for more than a dozen journals, it is in the end, the journal[‘]s decision and I believe their loss.

Fleming republished the paper in the journal Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research on November 5, after submitting it there October 27. Questions have been raised about the publisher of that journal, which shares an address with at least two other publishers. Asked whether he felt the review was sufficient, Fleming tells Retraction Watch:

The review was not of the originally submitted paper but the multiple revised paper approved for publication by Clinical Cardiology. It is much easier to review that which has already been reviewed and re-written than an original submission. I currently review for or have reviewed for 26 Journals, and was a NIH Grant Reviewer from 2006-2016. I am currently reviewing a paper for one of those journals, which I will have done by tomorrow. Turn around time is not dependent upon the complexity of what is written but by the motivation of those reviewing.

Your REAL question is do I think they did a sloppy job. The answer is NO.

Fleming — who was involved in another keruffle in 2004 involving diet doctor Robert Atkins’ death certificate — also told us that he was never notified of his debarment, but that he came across it on the Internet. He said that he has

filed a reply to the debarment and demanded a retracting and hearing.

He also said that

there was never any Data Fraud and there was never the admission by myself of any wrong doing.

According to an FBI news release from 2009, Fleming was

sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, by the Honorable Richard G. Kopf to five years probation with six months home detention, including electronic monitoring, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $107,244.24 for the felony offenses of health care fraud and mail fraud.

Hat tip: Aseem Malhotra

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24 thoughts on “A convicted felon writes a paper on hotly debated diets. What could go wrong?”

    1. Per his IMDb (really!) profile:

      Dr. Richard M. Fleming was born and raised in Iowa and is a “Kennedy Kid” receiving advanced scientific training through this program he received a formal education in Calculus and Particle Physics. He has received degrees in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology graduating second in his class, attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine graduating with High Honors; 1 of 17 Honors IM. He completed his law degree receiving class award for memorandum of law. While at Iowa he participated in human research, studying sodium and hypertension by measuring nerve conduction differentiating parasympathetic vs sympathetic responses. He completed internship, residency and a Cardiology fellowship in Houston where he published several papers on QCA, diets and heart disease and trained in Nuclear Cardiology including both SPECT & PET. He is one of three “certified” in PET imaging following a one year course of study on anti-matter. He continued his investigation into the cause of heart disease and is the author and copyright holder of “Inflammation and Heart Disease,” has been on The Today Show, MSNBC & 20/20. In 2005 he moved to Reno to help teach and train young physicians. His investigations have unmasked errors in the currently employed methods of detecting heart disease and breast cancer and has copyrights in both fields with patents pending on several methods to “quantitatively” detect these diseases thereby decreasing deaths, costs, time and radiation with associated risk of future cancer risks. He is currently expanding the use of these methods in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. He has been involved with several Administrations as they relate to health care. He has published three independent books, Edited a Medical Textbook, has published several chapters in Medical Textbooks, and has more than 60 peer reviewed papers published in medical journals. He has presented more than 60 times in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Mideast and Asia. The patent (#9566037) was issued to Dr. Fleming on Valentines Day 2017 and includes FHRWW and BEST imaging for the “quantitative” detection of changes leading up to and including heart disease and cancer, including Breast Cancer.

    2. Excerpts of awards (per his IMDb; the asterisks indicate “not verified by IMDb”):

      1986
      University of Iowa *
      Senior Honors Internal Medicine – Cardiology
      One of 17 Honors students out of Class of 176. The only Honors Student to conduct research on people. “Sodium and Hypertension”

      2003
      Presidential Award/U.S. Congressional Event *
      Physician of the Year
      Seriously, there were two from each state.

      2015
      Concord Law School at Purdue University Global *
      3L Legal Analysis AND Writing Award for Best Memorandum of Law
      One award per class.

      1986
      University of Iowa Graduation *
      Magna Cum Laude

      1974
      Doctoral Particle Physics *
      Particle Physics Doctorate
      JFK Administration Program (Summa Cum Laude)

      2017
      USPTO *
      Patent Issued
      The Fleming Method for Tissue and Vascular Differentiation and Metabolism (FMTVDM) using same state single or sequential quantification comparisons. Patent Number 9566037.

      2017
      USPTO *
      Patent claims included in patent # 9566037
      Quantified differentiation and identification of changes in tissue by enhancing differences in blood flow and metabolic activity. Pursuant to documentation by Patent Examiner Jennifer A. Lamberski, all claims made under this patent are identical and there (sic)

      2011
      USPTO *
      Copyright
      Fleming-Harrington Redistribution Wash-in Washout (FHRWW) including stress-stress detection of inflammatory coronary artery disease. 1-655815511. Started 9-1-2011. Effective 9-16-2011, #TX 7-446-683.

      2011
      USPTO *
      Copyright
      Inflammation and Heart Disease; Fleming Unified Theory of Vascular Disease. 1-655833842. Started 9-1-2011. Effective 9-16-2011, TX 7-451-244.

      2011
      USPTO *
      Copyright
      Breast Enhanced Scintigraphy Testing (BEST); BEST Imaging. 1-655833872. Started 9-1-2011. Effective 9-16-2011, TX 7-451-243.

      2011
      USPTO *
      Copyright
      Stenosis Flow Reserve (SFR), Coronary Flow Reserve (CFR); Quadratic Coronary Flow Reserve (QCFR). 1-655833951. Started 9-1-2011. Effective 9-16-2011, TX 7-451-241.

      2018
      USPTO *
      Copyright and Trademark
      “The B.E.S.T. Protocol for Early Breast Cancer Detection” (6 May 2018)

      2008
      Obama – Biden Transition Team, Health Care Community Discussion *
      Moderator
      Requested as Moderator by the Incoming Obama – Biden Administration for ACA

      2018
      Nominated for Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology *
      Nominated for Nobel Prize in Medicine
      Nominated by Dr. Tapan Chaudhuri

      2018
      Nominated for Nobel Prize in Physics *
      Nominated for Nobel Prize in Physics
      Nominated by Dr. Tapan Chaudhuri

      1972
      Rifle and Pistol Competition for Police *
      Marksman and Champion

      1999
      American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ACC & AHA) Board Meeting *
      Board Member of the National Training and Credentialing Committee
      Developed credentials and examination for Board Certification in Nuclear Cardiology

      1. More from IMDb:

        Biography
        Dr. Richard M. Fleming was born and raised in Iowa and is a “Kennedy Kid” receiving advanced scientific training through this program he received a formal education in Calculus and Particle Physics. He has received degrees in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology graduating second in his class, attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine graduating with High Honors; 1 of 17 Honors IM. He completed his law degree receiving class award for memorandum of law. While at Iowa he participated in human research, studying sodium and hypertension by measuring nerve conduction differentiating parasympathetic vs sympathetic responses. He completed internship, residency and a Cardiology fellowship in Houston where he published several papers on QCA, diets and heart disease and trained in Nuclear Cardiology including both SPECT & PET. He is one of three “certified” in PET imaging following a one year course of study on anti-matter. He continued his investigation into the cause of heart disease and is the author and copyright holder of “Inflammation and Heart Disease,” has been on The Today Show, MSNBC & 20/20.

      1. I don’t know if his (self-written, unverified) linkedin profile or (unverified, probably written by either himself or a fan with poor grammar) IMDB page are reliable sources.

        1. IMDB also claims he played the role of Max in Once Upon a Time in America. The adult Max was played by James Woods, the child by another actor – Fleming is an unexplained 3rd wheel here. It could be he was a body double for one of the other Maxes – we will just have to wait for his autobiography.

  1. “Kennedy Kid” receiving advanced scientific training through this program he received a formal education in Calculus and Particle Physics”

    Interesting curriculum.

    “1974
    Doctoral Particle Physics *
    Particle Physics Doctorate
    JFK Administration Program (Summa Cum Laude)”

    Pretty sure 1974 was the Nixon Administration.

    1. The initiation of the project was the result of the JKF Administration.
      As mentioned there were no admissions of wrong doing only the cover up due to my exposing pharamaceutical companies over use of radioactive isotopes in their testing. The experts proved my data for the soy study were completely valid.

      I appreciate those who look at the facts and differentiate what they know from what someone else tells them. As I explained to Dr. Ivan Oransky, whom I think will have to admit, I provided him lots of information in an effort to detail information for what he was writing.

      My simplistic example which appears to resonate is the following: You’re in a room and a person comes in and tells you there’s been a terrible accident outside. A woman in a car just hit a truck with a man in it and there are two girls lying dead in the street. What do you know? The answer is you know that someone just came in and told you that; nothing more. You don’t know if someone driving a car just hit a truck. You don’t know if a woman was driving the car or if there was a man in a truck. It could have been a woman on a bicycle running into a bus. The girls could be two manikins. There may have been no accident. It may have been dark and the person thought they saw something and in reality what they thought they saw was wrong on many or all of the details. The person could have just woken up from a dream or they might be hallucinating or it might have even been you having a vivid dream that you are now waking up from believing someone just came into the room and told you a series of events. All you know is that you believe someone just came into the room and told you the scenario above.

      So, with the little evidence I’ve been sharing, to make certain all the evidence we have isn’t played with by those who are now being investigated and who have already demonstrated they will do whatever they need to do; other people are beginning to understand, remove comments and even offer apologies.

      The paper was well done, it just wasn’t what many people wanted to hear and it certainly wasn’t what people wanted to hear who sell their books and make a name for themselves selling one side of the diet argument.

      In reality, much of what is needed to determine which diet(s) are causing harm to individuals will only be obtained through the actual measurement of heart disease and breast cancer.

      As I tell students who want to make a difference in the world, I welcome you but you need to realize that no one is going to pat you on the back. The didn’t Semmelweiss, Hubble, Einstein, Watson and Crick, or anyone else who made a paradigm shift.

      Everyone is chancing blood tests, which were part of my “Inflammation and Heart Disease Theory” and then stood back and said everyone else was chasing the wrong part of the test. The truth is, the “Inflammation and Heart Disease Theory” discussed the components of what interact to varying degrees in different individuals, based upon variable that cannot be predicted from the different cellular and tissue levels genetics and environmental factors. To answer the question, you literally need to answer the question and the question is WHAT are you looking for? It turns out you’re looking for Heart Disease and Breast Cancer. If you’re not measuring that, you’re not answering the question and the bottom line is I’m the only one who has developed the test which can do that and I am providing it free to those who participate in this study because we need to do the study to make sure we are doing the right thing when it comes to what people eat and how they are living.

      My mother used to say if people were attacking her, they were leaving other people alone; so go ahead, attack away and while you’re doing it, I’ll still be trying to help find the answers — for you.

  2. Dr. Fleming: Thank you for taking the time to reply to this blog post.

    Personally, I was so amazed at your broad and impressive background that I had some skepticism. I started trying to confirm some of the milestones listed at the IMDb and LinkedIn sites I posted above. In doing so, I found some things that looked slightly inconsistent, and would appreciate it if could take the time to clarify some of these:

    Did you receive 4 *separate* “degrees in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology,” as the wording on your IMDb profile suggests, or were these a single B.A, “B.A. and Graduate Studies, Physics, Biology, General Science, Chemistry Minor” as listed in your LinkedIn profile? And was this degree, or degrees, received from University of Northern Iowa which you attended from 1976-1981?

    Also, while I see that you list a “Doctoral Particle Physics” (sic) and
    JFK Administration Program (Summa Cum Laude), both on the IMDb site and in the “9th Euro Breast Cancer Summit” biography held last month, it isn’t clear through what institution you received this doctorate, which you indicate you received in 1974. It also isn’t clear how you received a Doctorate in Particle Physics in 1974 when you would have been 18 (the 1974 date is from the IMDb site; I show you were born in 1956) and received your undergraduate degree(s) in 1981.

    Lastly, your listing of “2003 Presidential Award/U.S. Congressional Event / Physician of the Year / Seriously, there were two from each state,” appears to be a fund raising tactic for the Republican National Congressional Committee,” not an award based on merit. See the ABC News article here for more: https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=643826&page=1

    1. The areas for the Bacchelor’s Degrees included Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.
      The Doctorate Program required intensified studies as noted. Until this year, I had no idea how many people or places around the country were involved. I have found others that were enrolled in these accelerated programs, so I know we were not alone. This not unlike today were challenging times and the focus was to develop scientists at an accelerated rate.
      The NE Court case stemmed from my showing the pharmaceutical company misrepresented how much radiation had to be given to someone to do a study. They sold two doses instead of one for each patient. I’ve posted (and explained elsewhere) how this made 3-4 times the profit for them at the expense of the people being studied.
      This is what I get for asking the question of what’s real and what’s not. If you go onto the much discussed debarment site, you will find that I’m posting material showing there was no crime committed or admitted to, the Judge and attorneys hid this evidence from the Jury and the experts, the pharmaceutical company no longer denies “Sestamibi redistribution” which is the key behind what’s going on, and the Judge has blocked all investigative efforts I have made. There is an 8th Circuit Court of Appeals case I filed on them and that has been sitting without the required vote, more than a year after the vote was required. FYI. as mentioned to Dr. Oransky, the ISU professor showed there was no data fraud. FYI. The Doctor who is credited with submitted this for this column has been promoting his diet books and diet which the British Dietetic Associations has stated is one of “top 5 worst celeb diets to avoid in 2018.”
      Think what you want, the data is valid. They just didn’t like the results and they put enough pressure from somewhere to get it pulled.
      Yes, I believe the Republicans had something to do with the Presidential award. Independent of their motives, I simply noted the award. I also am happy to tell people they asked me what was wrong with the Health Care system and after 5-minutes on tape, I always tell people they have not invited me back. 🙂
      IMDb is an interesting site and it seems challenging to get everything correct on the new system as it was on the older system.

      To that extent, I do not plan to be returning to the site. This is not about defending but about trying to make a difference in an indifferent world. Soon the “Diet Wars Challenge” will be published in a medical journal and hopefully in the media. A challenge where all the Diet Pundits can run their arms of the study, instructing people how they want to and we will MEASURE the real impact on Heart Disease and Breast Cancer.
      Something you are owed and I intend to make happen.
      It has been my experience, or maybe it’s just my belief, that those who have truly done something wrong aren’t willing to talk about it, while those who have been wronged, do something about it.
      I’m doing something about it.

      1. Dr. Fleming: Again, I appreciate your reply, although your long-winded answer is non-responsive to all of my substantive questions. You have no obligation to answer my questions, but choosing to equivocate rather than clarify will undoubtedly leave readers with a poor impression of your veracity.

        My own opinion is as follows, and I would welcome any evidence that you can provide to prove me wrong:

        1. Rather than 4 undergraduate degrees in varied scientific fields, you probably only have one undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Northern Iowa, received in 1981.

        2. The 1974 “Doctoral Particle Physics” (sic) is an exaggerated description of a high school program in which you participated as a gifted student.

        3. Since you did not respond with the name of an institution and a different PhD award date (both of which would be readily at hand for most PhDs), I personally believe that you do not have a PhD in Physics as you apparently are claiming. As you do not seem to list any another PhD program elsewhere in the biographical information I referenced, I suspect that you do not have a PhD of any type.

        4. Your profile on LinkedIn (and elsewhere) says you have 60 published papers; the breast cancer conference bio says you have 150 “papers in the field.” Others who follow Retraction Watch are probably able to confirm the correct number, and may also be able to determine which journals are of higher vs. lower quality.

        5. As another commented noted, your license to practice medicine in at least one state was revoked at one time and from what I can find, the Nevada board of medical examiners site shows “LICENSE NEVER ISSUED,” and Iowa’s site shows that your medical license was suspended. This makes me wonder whether you are currently licensed to practice medicine in any state. Perhaps the fraud conviction triggered the suspension of these licenses, but I don’t see any evidence that you have regained a license. I’m uncertain about the appropriateness of continuing represent yourself as a physician (as on the 20/20 show, which I think was in April of 2018).

        Anyway, at a minimum all these questions make me concerned about your credibility, but I would be happy to revise my opinion given evidence to the contrary.

        1. By my count Richard Fleming has published 40 papers. 16 of these in the journal ANGIOLOGY, and often as single author paper.

          Nine of these papers list his correspondence address as an institute named after himself e.g.
          Correspondence: Professor Richard M. Fleming, The Fleming Heart and Health Institute and The Camelot Foundation,
          9290 West Dodge Road, Suite 204, Omaha, NE 68114

          Google maps and his address above indicates that this “Institute” is an office in a small shared office building.

          1. The “Institute” is not currently registered with the Secretary of State’s office in Nebraska (shows inactive since 2004). Per Guidestar, The Camelot Foundation hasn’t filed an IRS 990 form since 2002. That return shows total contributions of $7,000 of which $4,255 was spent on research. They had $2,745 in assets (cash) at the end of 2002. I was unsuccessful at finding another state with which Fleming has an affiliation where these entities are active… but your mileage may vary.

    1. Yes, there are other questions raised by the information that I can find, but I don’t have the resources or skills to ferret out the whole story. In the absence of any intent to mislead, Dr. Fleming appears nonchalant about the clarity of the background and credentials that he (or someone on his behalf) is putting online. Hopefully, he can address these discrepancies in another reply.

  3. “He is one of three “certified” in PET imaging following a one year course of study on anti-matter.”

    One of three WHAT? Are there only three people certified in PET imaging, or only three certified after a one-year course of study?

    And what does studying anti-matter have to do with PET imaging? I didn’t know that any anti-matter was created during a PET scan.

    I also see that he chose not to directly answer how he got a PhD at the age of 18 (which is not impossible, just unusual) … he said some vague words…. and then said he wouldn’t come back to this site.

    1. I wrote more on this, but the spam filter seems to have blocked it. Would be interesting to see someone (capable) dig into this further.

  4. I didn’t know that any anti-matter was created during a PET scan.

    The radiotracers emit positrons (hence PET). I suppose an anti-electron is a kind of antimatter. Though a “one-year course on antimatter” is hardly a relevant qualification.

  5. It’s remarkable how long it took ORA to debar him. To quote from the debarment order (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/28/2018-21210/richard-m-fleming-denial-of-hearing-final-debarment-order):
    “By letter dated November 18, 2013, FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) notified Fleming of its proposal to debar him…”

    Fleming requested a hearing. “OSI has considered Fleming’s arguments and concludes that they are unpersuasive and fail to raise a genuine and substantial issue of fact requiring a hearing.”

    The final debarment was issued almost 5 years after the notice was sent.

    If that’s how slow ORA works, we have a problem.

  6. He doesn’t seem to leave a good impression in legal matters. Reading the disbarment, they definitely don’t trust him, thus the 10-year term. And then there’s his case against the Iowa medical board (which wants to fine him and make him take an ethics course prior to resuming medical practice). A judge stated https://eservices.iowa.gov/PublicPortal/Iowa/IBM/common/display_attachment.jsp?AttachmentRSN=34202
    “This case is a prime example of the senselessness that can inevitably accompany litigants who choose to represent themselves in complex legal matters. In its previous Ruling, the Court explained in no uncertain terms that Petitioner failed to make arguments pertaining to the agency action currently at issue. Yet, instead of following the Court’s directions, the Petitioner has decided to focus on disputing the criminal charges and arguing the Board conducted an unreasonable, “subpar” investigation of the charges against him. Petitioner does not seem to understand how the Board could have found him guilty of a crime, since “petitioner committed no crimes and as such, respondent acted punitively, arbitrarily and capriciously toward Dr. Fleming.” Petioner’s Memo. of Law 11. The Petitioner’s argument is perplexing given the fact that Petitioner pled guilty to the crimes that prompted the Board action in the first place. ”

    You’d think his JD degree would be of some use.

  7. Excellent example of how to vet someone!

    It is especially helpful when the subject participates and cooperates.

    His responses, and subsequent disappearance are all quite helpful in assessing credibility and accuracy of facts.

  8. Regardless of the author, the retracted paper had some serious issues. As I wrote in a comment on George Henderson’s blog:

    The abstract [which does not seem available anymore] also has this gem:
    “One‐year body mass changes did not differ by diet (P>.999).”

    How can you possibly get P >.999?
    Are we supposed to believe that all three groups had precisely the same weight loss after one year?

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