Or a paranoid schitzophrenic who’s willing to add perjury to the list of her crimes?
Professor Amy Bishop, the tenure-seeking neurobiologist who cold-bloodedly killed three of her colleagues and seriously injured several more in her shooting spree, is now claiming indigence and has requested a public defender, rather than shelling money out of her own pocket, or that of her husband, James Anderson.
The Huntsville Times is reporting that:
“To get a court-appointed lawyer, UAH shooting suspect Dr. Amy Bishop swore on an affidavit that she had no assets, but records show she and her husband paid $190,000 cash for their south Huntsville home.
Bishop also swore she had no job, but she remains on the UAH payroll in a $66,000-a-year position as an assistant professor. The contract ends in May if UAH doesn’t fire her first, and the school is exploring its options.”
That affidavit asks various questions about Ms. Bishop’s financial situation, including:
- Do you have a job or work for yourself?
- Does your husband or wife work
- Do you or your wife receive benefits from any other source?
- Do you have any money in any bank, savings and loan, credit union or any other place including cash on hand?
- Do you own anything of value (land, house, car, etc.) ?
The Times reports that Ms. Bishop answered “No” to each of these questions. Presuming that UAH does, in fact, fire her, she’s out of a job. But is she actually destitute?
What about that home in southeast Huntsville, which Ms. Bishop and her husband apparantly purchased outright for $190,000 back in 2003? Looks like a pretty nice home…
In a pretty nice neighborhood…
And what of her husband, Jim Anderson, chief science officer of Cherokee Labsystems in Huntsville?
What of her other associations with the University, particularly as regards her invention of a new type of cell incubator, and the prize money that garnered?
“Dr. Amy Bishop along with her husband Jim Anderson, developed a “portable cell incubator” which was placed third in state-wide contest, and won them $25,000 of beginning money in a business contest.”
What of her seat on the board of directors of the business founded to market and sell her invention? The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that:
“…Apart from her problems with tenure, Amy Bishop was quite happy and successful in her relationship with the university over her invention of a new kind of cell incubator, according to a business partner.
The invention, called the InQ, is an integrated machine for growing and examining cell cultures, in a manner that its developers are touting as wholesale advance over the archaic 133-year-old system of Petri dishes.
Its use could drive scientific advances against nerve-related ailments—such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke—because nerve cells don’t survive more than a day or two in a Petri dish, said Richard E. Reeves, chairman of Prodigy Biosystems, which is making and marketing the device…
The university, which owns the invention, brought it to BizTech, a business-incubator company, which used financing from Mr. Reeves’s Huntsville Angel Network to create a firm, Prodigy Biosystems, to make and sell InQ. Ms. Bishop serves on Prodigy’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Reeves said he could not discuss financial terms, though he said that the profit-sharing arrangements with the university followed a standard model and that Ms. Bishop was satisfied with the relationship.” [emphasis mine]
So here’s a woman who killed her brother with a shotgun, tried to flee by threatening workers at a local car dealership with the same gun, may have sent pipe bombs to a professor reviewing her dissertation, punched a woman in the head in a restaurant, and now has killed three more people.
Do you really think she’s worried about perjury? Me neither.
So we will all continue to pay that “Stupid” tax…