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“Magic Bullet” Theories: Exposing them in Litigation

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Most people who have read about the JFK assassination are familiar with the magic bullet theory. The magic bullet was an explanation concocted by the Warren Commission to perpetuate the claim that JFK was, in fact, wounded only by Lee Harvey Oswald’s shot in the Dallas Book Depository. That was one heck of a bullet. It positively defied the laws of physics, taking sharp turns and flipping around to hit the President multiple times. Logic and forensic evidence can easily disprove theories and explanations, like this one, that are offered to explain injuries.

That is what happened in the case of Alan Adams, which recently settled for $5.7 million. Adams was 18 when he was fatally shot in 2001 after allegedly running a stop sign in Stanislaus County, California. After a highway chase, police cruisers rammed his vehicle to stop him. Adams drove in reverse as he tried to flee, but Highway Patrolman Paul Speers shot him twice through the windshield.

In defense of his actions, Speers claimed that he was pinned between Adams’ car and his cruiser, and was forced to shoot in self-defense. However, after two eyewitnesses testified that Speers was not pinned between the cars, forensic evidence, including how the shell casings landed and the bullet trajectories, proved that the shots could not have been fired from where Speers was allegedly pinned.

Years after the accident and Adams’ death, the jury awarded $5.5 million to the family which was reduced by 20 percent for the deceased’s comparative negligence.

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