Judge Jones hides behind "judicial independence" issue
The title of his Sept.26 speech is, “Judicial Independence and Kitzmiller v. Dover et al.” I suspect that this speech will just be a rehash of his speech on the same subject at a national executive committee meeting of the Anti-Defamation League. In the whole speech to the ADL, he cited only one criticism that could be considered to be an attack on judicial independence:
Ms. Schlafly authored a January 2006 column and within her column she noted that, and I'm quoting here, that I "owed my position as a Federal Judge entirely to the evangelical Christians who pulled the lever for George W. Bush in 2002" and that I, I'm still quoting here, "stuck the knife in those who brought me to the dance in Kitzmiller versus Dover Area School District."
In the context of her January 2006 column, Schlafly's above statements could be interpreted as meaning that she only expected Judge Jones to be fair rather than expecting him to be biased in favor of her opinions. However, I cannot defend her judicial philosophy in general, because she supported House bills withdrawing federal court jurisdiction over the Pledge of Allegiance and the definition of marriage (she was right about one thing -- Article III of the Constitution does give Congress the right to restrict appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court over certain kinds of cases).
Anyway, Judge Jones is obviously trying to discredit legitimate criticism of his Kitzmiller decision by falsely characterizing all criticism of the decision as being against judicial independence.
A related article on this blog is "False stereotyping of criticism of Judge Jones".
My very first article on this blog contains 20 criticisms of Judge Jones' rulings in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case. A total of about a dozen articles on this blog -- about 10% of the total -- are devoted to criticizing him and his decisions. BTW, most of my criticisms of Judge Jones do not concern his rulings regarding the scientific merits of ID and irreducible complexity but concern his procedural rulings in Kitzmiller and his judicial philosophy. Anyway, the KU dialogue session is scheduled to last only 1½ hours and I think that he will probably steer it in the direction of the scientific merits of ID and irreducible complexity -- even though that is not the subject of the preceding day's speech -- because that is the area where he is least vulnerable because of the great complexity of the issues involved.
Why I changed Judge Jones' sobriquet from "I am not an activist judge" to "I am not a lousy judge":
In the conclusion section of the Kitzmiller opinion, Jones said,
Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court.
Then later, he said on a radio talk show, "People term 'activist judges' judges they don't agree with." So why would he assert in the Kitzmiller opinion that he is not an "activist judge" if he thinks that the term only means that some people disagree with him? He might as well have asserted in the Kitzmiller opinion that he is not a "lousy judge." So my sobriquet for him from now on will be "I am not a lousy judge."