This chapter describes the critical cross-examination conducted by the opposition's lawyer, Mitchell Bernard, on the supporters' expert witness, scientist William Dovel. The trial was the focus of Westway partisans, and Dovel became the most important witness. His testimony offered some glimpses of weakness, perhaps most obviously with his possible overconfidence when all other scientists conceded uncertainty. But Dovel also helped by offering the only expert validation, outside the Army Corps, for the conclusion that Westway posed no significant risks to striped bass. The question at thisd point was whether his views and certitude could hold up under Bernard's questioning, which the chapter recounts in depth.
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