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Andy Wakefield's Day in Court Coming This Month

Kent legalEditor's Note: The judge has set May 22 for an appeal in Austin, Texas of the jurisdiction issue in Dr. Andy Wakefield's defamation suit against the British Medical Journal, Editor Fiona Godlee and "journalist" Brian Deer. The case was dismissed by a judge who said Wakefield was not entitled to sue the British publication in Texas, but Wakefield appealed.  Supporters of Dr. Wakefield will be in attendance.

See here for the latest filings, and stay tuned for updates. -- Dan Olmsted




Jackie Fletcher, Jabs

Good luck Andy. May truth and justice prevail!


As i keep saying we are right behind you

Robin P Clarke (end of comment)

Correction - I fraudulently misrepresented the Hipocritic Oath there.
Should read as follows.

"“First do no harm to the profitability of the medical profession”.


Robin P Clarke (end of comment)

Brian Deer et al have no chance of losing this case. All they have to do is quote the:
"“First do no harm to the prestige of the medical profession”.

Mr/Dr Wakefield has very obviously breached that most fundamental ethical principle. Ergo what more needs to be proven?

Robin P Clarke (end of comment)

The BMJ lost all credibility with myself back in 2003 when the published the "obituary" of David Horrobin (nicely timed just after his wife had become a widow) which they subsequently were forced to retract. The BMJ subsequently modified their rapid response pages to be much harder to read, so as to cover up the embarassment (and ditto more recently).

John Stone


I am sure the regulars here do recognise that, the point being that it is outsiders who are failing to acknowledge that this is a typical pharmaceutical industry set up, with all the usual hallmarks - Wakefield still cast in the role of the Emmanuel Goldstein of public health.

Interesting to note how BMJ hitched up with Merck with the Vioxx scam barely in the past.

Robin P Clarke (end of comment)

Indeed John. I wonder to what extent people interested in the Wakefield case are aware of just how typical it is of the history of the medical establishment. Again and again, countless instances occur of a person being character-assassinated for either:
(a) discovering/promoting a treatment that actually works better than the establishment one;
(b) showing that the medical establishment have been the cause of some problem.
There's a video online, called "cancer the forbidden cures", which gives some idea of the forces any "offenders" are up against. However, a factor that may have sufficiently changed the balance of power is the introduction of the internet web which undermines the information stranglehold - to some extent.

John Stone

Hi Robin,

One thing that AW was peculiarly right about was the need for doctors to listen to parents reporting adverse vaccine events. That, of course, was why he was put on trial in the first place with the central contention long ago disproved that there was any misreporting of data. There are certain things you are not allowed even to think (and certainly not as a medical professional in the UK).

I am not saying that you are not saying some interesting things about the background causes of the "autism" epidemic but clearly if PTB do exclude the vaccine program from consideration as a contributary cause then that is highly prejudicial to the science, and that really is what this is about.


Robin P Clarke (end of comment)

I think Dr Wakefield overestimates the evidence re MMR, and particularly is mistaken in the notion that it has been a significant cause of the autism increase. But being wrong about the science is never a crime let alone warranting a campaign of deceitful character-assasination. Those who attack him are even more wrong about the science anyway, such as the NHS et al still pretending the autism increase has not even happened, and nastily misleading its victims away from the only valuable treatment options.
I hope AW wins this case - the appeal arguments look very well-argued to me - and the deceitocracy gets due egg on its face. Deer and ("bad science") Co have had a nerve in taunting him that if he was right he should sue for libel, but ironically now that he has done just that, they try to prevent it being heard!

no vac

We are always with you, Dr. Wakefield. You are our hero no matter what.
Best of luck.

Jean anderson

Best wishes . I hope justice prevails .

cherry sperlin misra

I dont have the exact quotation, but it is something like this:
"Truth and Purity of Conscience- No power above or below the heavens can harm the possessor thereof" - Swami Vivekanand.

Whatever may happen in court and and in the halls of Congress or in closed rooms at the CDC and WHO, we may get discouraged, but then we think of the autistic children and we go back to battle.
Good luck to the Wakefield family. leaders in the battle.

Jeannette Bishop

Thank you, Dr. Wakefield, for your honesty and efforts to research the truth.

Aimee Long, CNHP

Thank you for your research, and for being brave enough to share the truth. You have made a profound difference in the lives of many families, including ours. Forever grateful. Our son, now 14, has reversed every symptom, because we decided to naturally detox the vaccines, heavy metals, yeast, fungus, etc.....

Mairéad Hilliard

Good luck to Dr. Andrew Wakefield!

From one of the many Irish parents who would never have known what triggered the increase in Autism / Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis in Irish children if Dr. Wakefield had not spoken out about his research linking this to the MMR vaccine.

Mairéad Hilliard

Evelyn Preston

Viva Andrew Wakefield! Remember the Alamo!
Thinking of you, grateful to you, and keep fighting,
good luck,
Evie P


I wish you strength and success Dr.Wakefield.


Good luck Andy
I'm heading to Melbourne (2 hours) to listen to a former politician talk about Autism.
Hopefully not a waste of time!
Elizabeth Gillespie

Mercky Business

How preposterous! How can it be that British Medical Journal, with its US edition doesn't think it does business in the US's second largest state, and seems to have persuaded a judge of it? Or is it the US citizenship and seven years residence in Texas doesn't qualify AW?

Linda Morin

Best of luck and be assure that you will have a lot of people on your shoulder. Dr. Wakefield.


May justice prevail!

I would like to know who is paying for Brian Deer's lawyer.


Guess which newspaper this was from?

"Last week's Channel Five programme Hear the Silence about the MMR controversy was one of the best dramas I have seen. It was not just a moving true story, beautifully acted. It was also a shocking indictment of the medical establishment. A group of parents were confronted with the fear that their children had become autistic after having the triple vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. A responsible authority should surely take such fears seriously and deploy the full extent of scientific research to testing the fears, if only to allay them. The reaction of the authorities was exactly the opposite."

Continues -

"The one senior doctor who took the parents seriously, Andrew Wakefield, had his research stopped and was effectively banished to the US. Despite his record as an often published scientist, he was widely smeared. Legal aid for the parents to sue the government was cut off."

The Guardian no less [ written by Paul Foot] - who would believe it!!!? The year was 2003.
Here's hoping 2013 brings a return of truth in the media.

Norma Erickson

May justice finally be served. Best wishes for a positive outcome. Thank you for maintaining your courage and ethics through everything.

Jill Fenech

Good Luck Andy and Carmel. My prayers are with you both.


Reading Deer's brief is like listening to Jodi Arias testify: the man is incapable of telling the truth. For instance, his brief says: "Within two weeks of Deer’s Sunday Times reports, ten of Wakefield’s twelve Lancet co-authors retracted their claim to have found a temporal link between the MMR vaccine and the onset of symptoms."

No! They let the temporal link stand.

Here's what the Lancet authors actually say: "We wish to make it clear that in this paper no causal link was established between MMR vaccine and autism as the data were insufficient. However, the possibility of such a link was raised and consequent events have had major implications for public health. In view of this, we consider that now is the appropriate time that we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon these findings, according to precedent."

The authors reiterate what was stated in the Lancet paper itself: data were insufficient to establish a *causal* link. (And it's clear from their letter that a causal link is still a possibility no matter how inconvenient a shitstorm they may be finding themselves in.)

Jonathan Rose

Captain Dreyfus, I salute you!

Jenny Allan

Good Luck Dr Wakefield. May truth and justice prevail.

Freda Birrell

Wonderful news Andy and may God not only guide your hand and mind but that of the Judge also. You have done so much for the autistic children of this world - may God bless you.


I will put this in my prayers - every day.
Good luck. Surely God will be standing at your right shoulder that day -- with a room full of angels too.


Hoping justice and truth prevail - it has been a long time coming. Best of luck.


I hope the judge does the right thing. Somebody needs to hold thugs like them accountable for their deceit.

Joan Campbell

Great stuff, sorry I can't be there to support you but will spread the word.

Mandy Brunskill

Good luck, appreciate all your support for Autism!


Andy take this damned thing as far as it needs and will go!! Keep the faith. You have a massive amount of support both seen and heard and the silent listeners, here in the UK and in the US and worldwide. May God be with you and your plea.

Angus Files

Best of Luck, Andy we are all behind you..

White Rose

May justice prevail . And if it does , it will be a bad day for Godless and the BMJ .


Best of luck Dr. Wakefield!

John Stone

Good luck Andy - nothing else to say!

Lesa W

Good luck Andy! You are in our prayers! You deserve to be vindicated!!

Dan E. Burns

For an inside view of the first hearing and the dramatis personae in action, see my article “Wakefield vs. Brian Deer, Fiona Godlee and the BMJ: Dispatches from the Front,” at

Best wishes Andy!

Mark Struthers

Good luck, Andy!

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