Covid-19 widow suing Dr. Fauci has to prove her case

And that could be very difficult.

Leann Dykes, of Kansas City, who lost her husband to Covid-19 in November 2020, before there were vaccines, is suing Dr. Anthony Fauci and the National Institutes of Health for wrongful death.

To hold them liable for his death, she has to prove (a) they were negligent, and (b) they proximately caused his death. Good luck with that.

This has all the appearances of a crank lawsuit. Her theory of the case is the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, and came from experiments funded by the U.S. government. This has long been a rightwing talking point without scientific support.

It takes more than speculation, conjecture, or a conspiracy theory to win a legal judgment. She has taken on the enormous burden of proving that’s a fact, and Fauci and the NIH were involved.

Unless Mrs. Dykes and her lawyer have information nobody else has, this lawsuit probably will have a short shelf life. You can inflame juries, and get them to believe almost anything, but the judge decides whether the case will get to a jury. For that to happen, there has to be a genuine issue of material fact, which means she has to have evidence, and what she heard from Fox News or InfoWars or Joe Rogan doesn’t count.

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