There is an unmistakable pattern in Wheeler’s readings. The Center identified more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000 in which Wheeler read at least one X-ray; in all, he interpreted more than 3,400 films during this time.
The numbers show his opinions consistently have benefited coal companies:
“I have a perfect right to my opinion,” he added. “I found cases that have masses and nodules. … In my opinion, those masses and nodules were due to something more common.”
When his views are questioned, Wheeler often shares...