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PostMinnesota: Drs Palmer and Lewinski (David Pike, France, 08/05/15 8:10 am)
Minnesota is in the news, and I call on my good friend Enrique Torner to provide further details on two cases.
First, on Dr Walter J. Palmer, dental surgeon and part-time slayer of lions. One proposal is to mount the dentist's severed head in the Zimbabwe National Museum, but I can't agree with that. I don't think it would look right.
A different track. The dentist closes down his practice and moves to another state to open a new practice under a new name. People become famous by blowing his cover. Or otherwise. Returning to Harare to face Zimbabwean justice could be the more attractive option in the dentist's hard task of planning the future.
Second, on Dr William J. Lewinski, who teaches psychiatry to Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs, and is now working on the defense of an Albuquerque officer facing murder charges in the shooting death last year of a mentally ill homeless man. His published work has been described by Dr Lisa Fournier in The American Journal of Psychology as "pseudoscience, invalid, lacking in both foundation and reliability." Lewinski took his doctorate in 1988 at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities in Cincinnati. What might that be? Lewinski then taught at Minnesota State, but left. Enrique teaches at Minnesota State. It would be interesting to know the circumstances surrounding Lewinski's departure. Lewinksi must have made quite a name for himself.
JE comments: Dr. Lewinski is the "expert" witness you can rely on to defend any police shooting. As the New York Times describes it, "Shoot first, and [Lewinski] will answer questions later."
William J Lewinski
(Leo Goldberger, USA
08/06/15 12:05 PM)
In response to David Pike (5 August), there are of course "bad apples" in every profession--psychology is not spared the embarrassment of "junk scientists" in its midst. Needless to say, today's PhD degree obtained from the myriad of "duly accredited institutions" dotted across our land is not a guarantee of professional competence, let alone ethical standards.
What a cursory look at William Lewinski's amply detailed CV (posted on the net) reveals is that of a self-promoter whose career path seems successfully to have bypassed any peer review of his research publications), whose time was spent less on conducting competently designed research than on writing "pop-psych" articles for a lay audiences, speaking at several dozen conferences, consulting with and training law enforcement personnel. Even in his role as a college professor (teaching a required course no less), his student evaluations (also posted on the net) further evidence of his blatant self-aggrandized behavior pattern is revealed in abundance.
But that aside, one can only wonder why it was that the Justice Department retained him to the tune of some $55,000 to assist in defending a federal drug agent against excessive-force charges when they knew full well that their so-called expert "lacked both foundation and reliability" (as per the link below)?
JE comments: I suspect we may be hearing soon from Dr Lewinski, who receives $1000 per hour to testify as an expert witness. Good work when you can get it!