Someone brought the testimony of Florida State University professor Sally Karioth to my attention yesterday. To be specific, it was prosecutor Jeff Ashton's vetting of her as an "grief and trauma" expert that was so hilarious. She either could not grasp the concept of what "peer reviewed" research was, or was trying to pull a fast one on the prosecution so she could testify and get paid. Either case is shocking of a professor that has been with a state university "for forty years." But the former means she is just an unbelievable idiot, or possibly suffering from the onset of dementia. The latter, however, means she technically committed perjury.
For anyone not familiar with peer reviewed journals, publishing in them is typically required for a college professor to make any real money. Also, it is inconceivable that a Ph.D. would not know what constitutes peer reviewed research since they have to use it in order to write their own dissertation; which, is also peer reviewed.
So, there is just no good explanation as to why Karioth could possibly not know what qualifies as peer reviewed research. She had to be outright lying to the prosecutor, hoping she could slip one by him in order to bolster her credentials as an expert witness. But why? The prosecutor, Jeff Ashton, caught her in lie after lie, but she kept giving him non-peer reviewed work; even going so far as say she was "an editor" on "several" peer reviewed journals, herself. (Of course, I could find no record of this — I even specifically checked the editorial boards of ten popular "trauma" journals.) But what motivated her to lie like this? The only conclusion that makes sense is just pure narcissism. Or, in this case, criminal narcissism.
Personally, I think she should be prosecuted for perjury. Lying about ones credentials can affect the ethos of an expert witness's testimony, possibly influencing the outcome of a trail. And since Dr. Karioth claims this to be her thirteenth trail as an expert witness, in all likelihood, she will be one again. This performance should go down on her criminal record as "buyer beware."
Anyway, I was so blown away by it that I had to make a video. Because this kinda needs to go down on her permanent internet record for those attempting to evaluate her in the future. (Not contained in the video or video description is where — I believe — Dr. Karioth claimed to be the editor of the Journal of Traumatic Events. However, no record of this journal exists online, either. Whether or not she truly is the editor of this, likely, imaginary publication can only be known by Dr. Karioth, I suppose.)
Youtube Video Description:
Dr. Sally P. Karioth, Ph.D., RN testified as a "grief expert" during the Casey Anthony murder trail. In the video, Prosecutor Jeff Ashton asks Dr. Karioth to name which peer reviewed journals she has been published in — but she repeatedly named non-peer reviewed work, even after Mr. Ashton explained the definition of "peer reviewed" research.
She claimed to have been published in one publication using the word "journal" eponymously. However, no reference to its existence could be found on the internet. All other claimed work was found to be in non-peer reviewed publications, or simply could not be found through internet searches.
Dr. Karioth also claimed to be the editor of several peer reviewed research journals. Google searches found no journals where Dr. Karioth was even on an editorial board, let alone the actual "editor" of any journals.
Based upon her education and these professional credentials she testified to under oath, Judge Belvin Perry deemed Dr. Karioth a "grief and trauma" expert and allowed her to testify.