|Clark Baker with the late Kari Stockely who|
died of AIDS after falling into AIDS denialism
The cases that Baker targets are tragic -- typically involving HIV positive people who are accused of exposing others to HIV without disclosing their status. Failure to disclose HIV is a complicated and serious issue. No one has the right to knowingly expose another person to a life threatening disease. But we live in a society that has made it enormously difficult to disclose HIV status. AIDS stigma has not gone away. People living with HIV face rejection, discrimination, and even violence when they disclose. They have to deal with disclosure issues every day. When accused of a crime for failing to disclose HIV, they deserve a competent defense.
So it may seem hard to believe that defense attorneys would employ the AIDS Deniers at OMSJ.
In recent cases, Baker and the gang have called into question the reliability of Elisa and Western Blot tests. You know, the package insert says a single test is not diagnostic; the tests cross-react to all sorts of antibodies; clinical algorithms are circular; PCR is not diagnostic; RNA is not the virus; there is no gold standard for testing HIV antibodies; if a lab tech dilutes the specimen wrong everyone tests positive; HIV diagnosis is a sham. Blah, blah, blah. Nothing we have not heard before.
But when unchallenged by real science, the words of a fake expert can confuse a jury and raise reasonable doubt.
When unexposed as crocks, the AIDS Deniers can easily fool people into thinking they are scientists.
Who are the OMSJ experts?