A Self-Administered Lobotomy
I can't think of a better term for the mental processes of John Ostrom:
Jurors who voted against Merck said much of the science sailed right over their heads. "Whenever Merck was up there, it was like wah, wah, wah," said juror John Ostrom, imitating the sounds Charlie Brown's teacher makes in the television cartoon. "We didn't know what the heck they were talking about."So … this clown couldn't be bothered to try thinking, or even ask questions, and yet thought he had the right to make a decision that could help shut down medical research?
Addendum: The original title of this post may have been a bit intemperate.
Addendum 2: digamma has one of the best comments I've seen on this:
I know some of my leftist readers think this isn’t a problem because Merck is an evil corporation. But if this logic holds up in court to convict an evil corporation, there is no reason why it can’t be used against an individual.
You’ve got an alibi? Wah wah wah. DNA exonerates you? Wah wah wah. Your rights were violated? Wah wah wah.
Go to jail, egghead.