Criminal Liability for Misconduct in Scientific Research

This Article will explore our society’s attitude to prosecuting scientific misconduct, the need to consider prosecution in such cases, and the utility of current statutes available for prosecution. To assist the reader in understanding the issues, this Article will provide some background information about misconduct in scientific research and will include a discussion of some specific incidents. These background materials provide a context for my argument that criminal sanctions should be available to punish scientific misconduct. Finally, I propose a federal criminal statute designed specifically for prosecuting scientific misconduct.