Over the years, a lot of people have claimed to have invented a perpetual motion machine. John Keely was one of them. Obviously, he hadn't invented any such thing, but here's how he managed to string people along for over 25 years.
When Scientists Give Up. Federal funding for biomedical research has declined by more than 20% in the past decade. There are more scientists competing for grants than there is $$ to support them. That crunch is forcing some people out of science altogether. (A SUPER-PSYCHO POST-DOC FELLOWSHIP DIRECTOR CAN ALSO DO A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF PUSHING PEOPLE OUT...) ;-)
The U.S. Supreme Court is not composed of scientists. We've seen this before. But they do end up hearing a lot of cases that involve science, and are forced to describe the concepts and technology before them. They do not always rise to the challenge.