how easy it is to catch these people out.
Richard Doty, as we already know from part's 1 and 2 of this
investigation, is one of the principal players in this saga.
He has a long running relationship with Bob Collins, the
author of the book "Exempt from Disclosure". Doty is
accredited with co-authoring the first edition of the book
and is listed as a contributor in the 2nd Edition.
Caught in a lie *Update
As can be clearly seen from part 4 of our investigation into
Project Serpo, the credibility of the people involved in the
Serpo story has been shown to be seriously in doubt. As a
result of Part 4, *new* claims were thrown into the arena in
an attempt to portray the false claims as a simple
"misunderstanding" and not worthy of any consideration. Of
course, anyone who has read the report in full will see for
themselves that this claim is ludicrous in the extreme.
This new claim, put forward by Bob Collins on 21st June and
supported by Dr. Salla a day later, suggests the
misunderstanding was due to Doty taking a political sciences
degree with an emphasis on pre-law concentration. What that
has to do with the original assertion that he had
successfully passed the bar exam and was practising as a
lawyer is anybody's guess! This simple "misunderstanding"
was obviously meant for those people who really want to
believe in the truth of the Serpo story and the contents of
"Exempt from Disclosure and give them something to cling on
Excerpt from Bob Collins email dated 21st June 2006 at
"That's correct: But he did attend UNM as they will tell
you but not the Law School, graduated in 2004 with a degree
in Political Science according to the Alumni Association,
2003 was an error. There was a lot of confusion about that
or misunderstandings which I just got straightened out."
Excerpt from Dr. Michael Salla email dated 22nd June 2006 at
"Hello All, there is a plausible explanation for the
'mistakes' in both editions of Exempt from Disclosure
concerning Richard Doty's 'legal qualifications'. Doty
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004 with a Major in
Political Science at the University of New Mexico. That can
be confirmed through the Alumni Office which I have done."
As we have stated, the issue of a political science
degree is irrelevant to the previous claims regarding the
law credentials. However given the explanation Dr. Salla
offers below, Richard Doty is offered an escape from telling
people that he's a lawyer, and offering people legal advice.
Here is Dr. Salla's explanation (from the same email above):
"The Political Science program at
UNM has three concentrations one of which is a pre-law
. Many university departments cross list subjects with the
university Law School so students can take law subjects
without enrolling in the School of Law. The succesful
conclusion of the pre-law concentration at the UNM leads to
the Dept of Pol Science issuing a letter officially stating
this which can be used for employment purposes. While I have
yet to confirm that Doty did the pre-law concentration at
UNM, my conclusion is that Doty completed the pre-law
concentration as part of his Political Science major, and in
his communications with Robert Collins the nuances got lost
in terms of what he completed and his actual legal
qualifications. With the concentration in pre-law, Doty
could likely practice as a para-legal so that may account
for him giving legal advice and the miscommunication that he
was actually practicising as an attorney."
Note the above is not based on any actual evidence and is
simply an educated guess on the part of Dr. Salla.
The people behind this obviously thought this flimsy
argument would be enough to let them off the hook and
continue on their merry deceiving way.
Except for one thing. Richard C. Doty DOES NOT have a
political science degree!
Our investigator Shawnna submitted a request to the
University of New Mexico regarding any "Richard C. Doty" who
graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2004 with the
birthday of 2/15/1950 (Doty's birth date).
She received the
following back from the University of New Mexico:
"As per your request on Richard C.
Doty, birthdate of 2/15/50, Richard did not receive a degree
from the University of New Mexico in any year."
Something didn't add up. Both Salla and Collins said that
they checked with the Alumni office and had verified that
Richard Doty did attend school at UNM. Shawnna went straight
to the Alumni office and they verified that they had a
record for a Richard C. Doty graduating in 2004. The
Registrar's office, which confirmed that Richard C. Doty did
not graduate in any year is in direct conflict with the
In an effort to explain this - we conducted a public record
search on all of the Richard C. Doty's living in New Mexico
and sure enough, the explanation became obvious - we saw our
Richard C. Doty Sr. (correct address, etc...) - born
2/15/50. And we also found his son, Richard C. Doty Jr. -
The University of New Mexico could not find the records of
Richard C Doty born on 2/15/1950 attending the school there,
because Richard C. Doty Sr, born 2/15/1950 never did.
What Dr. Salla and Collins verified was the 2004 alumni
status of Richard C. Doty Jr. - Doty's son!
Certainly this makes it painfully clear why it is vital for
all facts to be verified and double checked before
publishing information as fact. The truth remains
self-evident, that Richard C. Doty Sr never attended the
University of New Mexico as claimed. He never took the Bar
Exam as claimed. And never attended law school at UNM, and
very likely never attended any accredited law school in the
country at all.
It is our opinion that the sole purpose of the original
claim was to create credibility and respectability where
none exists. The "new" claim regarding the political science
degree was a poor attempt at retrieving a lost cause. This
simple "misunderstanding" was nothing of the sort -
and free thinking, intelligent people everywhere know this.
The infantile comments made by a number of individuals
during and after the initial online discussion shows clearly
who has a vested interest in keeping this story alive. They
are not interested in the facts and the obvious implications
of these lies, they are interested in ensuring that these
lies are never exposed so ensuring their sham can continue.
The personal attacks made by these people are despicable and
wholly transparent for what they are; distraction and
deflection techniques. Their game is coming to a slow and
painful end and they are trying everything they can think of
in an attempt to salvage at least something from the rotting
They won't succeed because the spotlight is aimed firmly in
their direction and their dark lies have been illuminated
for all to see.