Skip to comments.Judge copied ACLU in anti-design ruling
Posted on 12/12/2006 8:52:13 AM PST by editor-surveyor
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A historic judicial ruling against intelligent design theory hailed as a "broad, stinging rebuke" and a "masterpiece of wit, scholarship and clear thinking" actually was "cut and pasted" from a brief by ACLU lawyers and includes many of their provable errors, contends the Seattle-based Discovery Institute.
One year ago, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones' 139-page ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover declared unconstitutional a school board policy that required students of a ninth-grade biology class in the Dover Area School District to hear a one-minute statement that said evolution is a theory and intelligent design "is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin's view."
University of Chicago geophysicist Raymond Pierrehumbert called Jones' ruling a "masterpiece of wit, scholarship and clear thinking" while lawyer Ed Darrell said the judge "wrote a masterful decision, a model for law students on how to decide a case based on the evidence presented." Time magazine said the ruling made Jones one of "the world's most influential people" in the category of "scientists and thinkers."
But an analysis by the Discovery Institute, the leading promoter of intelligent design, concludes about 90.9 percent 5,458 words of his 6,004-word section on intelligent design as science was taken virtually verbatim from the ACLU's proposed "Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law" submitted to Jones nearly a month before his ruling.
"Judge Jones's decision wasn't a masterpiece of scholarship. It was a masterpiece of cut-and-paste," said the Discovery Institute's John West in a phone conference with reporters yesterday.
West is vice president for public policy and legal affairs for the group's Center for Science and Culture, which issued a statement saying, "The finding that most of Judge Jones' analysis of intelligent design was apparently not the product of his own original deliberative activity seriously undercuts the credibility of Judge Jones' examination of the scientific validity of intelligent design."
Tell me it isn't so!
"What, evolution supported by leftist lies and plagiarism?"
Big shocker to me also......
Unlike the judge, the Discovery Institute did their homework.
I wouldn't expect any fallout though...but I hope I'm wrong.
LOL! Gotta laugh.
Cut-n-paste by a law clerk-
Hailed as brilliant work by a not-so-brilliant Judge.
This is nothing unusual. The cases and analysis are what they are, regardless of who wrote them. There are any number of criminal appellate opinions that I am familiar with that are taken verbatim from the prosecution briefs.
Move along, nothing to see here . . . .
Sour grapes. Get better facts next time and maybe you won't lose.
Nice excuse-making there mak.
You'll have lots of company soon though as the anti-creationist Freepers will be showing up for 400 + posts thread.
Tell me it isn't so!
Typical Discovery Institute BS.
Both sides submitted their closing briefs. The judge selected those parts that set forth his opinion. This is standard in cases of this type, and the DI folks are dishonest in making a big deal of it. By the way, both closing briefs were posted on the web at the time.
The DI is just upset because their Trojan horse, ID, got pasted.
Here's something else the DI wrote, which somehow leaked out of their control. It sets out their entire strategy: The Wedge Strategy: Center for the Renewal of Science & Culture.
May 22, 2006 - Judge Jones reveals his false beliefs (premise for his ruling) about the Anti-Establishment Clause in the Constitution:
"The founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry. They possessed a great confidence in an individual's ability to understand the world and its most fundamental laws through the exercise of his or her reason. This core set of beliefs led the founders, who constantly engaged and questioned things, to secure their idea of religious freedom by barring any alliance between church and state." ~U.S. District Judge John E. Jones in his May 2006 commencement address to 500 graduates at his alma mater, Dickinson College.
He needs to click my screen name and get up to speed. :)
That quote of yours is so full of errors that it should not be read by anyone, ever.
We know. LOL!
This just shows there's so little real proof of evolution they have to resort to lies to push it on our kids, all in the name of rejecting God. Sick.
The DI is complaining the opinion was cut and pasted. Where is anyone being accused of lying?