Friday, September 30, 2005

Vioxx Trial #2: Plaintiff zings Defense counsel

During the testimony at the Humeston trial, Plaintiff has presented well. Under cross examination defense counsel was asking about a heart test Mr. Humeston underwent more than two decades ago. Mr. Humeston was understandably unable to recall specifics of that exam.

As defense counsel kept pressing, Humeston responded to a question with words to the effect that how could he (Plaintiff) be expected to remember vague facts as to a test more than twenty years ago, yet Merck's former research head (Ed Scolnick) could explain away forgetting the contents of a three year old email as to Vioxx causing deaths to patients in a clinical trial?

Those are the types of moments I live for in Court.