Behe says Judge Jones plagiarized Dover plaintiffs' briefs
Behe went on to show in detail that Jones’ written 139 page decision was filled with cut and paste sections from Rothchild’s [correct spelling is Rothschild, the plaintiffs' lead attorney] documents. Whenever Jones wrote on an academic issue, he provides a lightly edited “drag and drop” from the trial lawyer’s documents. Behe said that some judges do this to a certain extent, but not on as large a scale as Jones did. This made Behe wonder if Jones even understood all of the academic issues that were being presented to him if he had to copy so much from Rothchild's documents.
In one respect at least, federal district court judge TJ "Mad" Hatter was more honest than Jones -- where Hatter did not know or understand something, he wrote no opinion at all.
There once was a jurist named Jones,
who had a head just full of bones,
The opinions he wrote,
did nothing but quote,
and therefore were just full of clones.
The Reasonable Kansans blog article continued,
Jones did state in his lecture at KU a few months ago that he was presented with a “mind numbingly technical presentation” from the witnesses. If his mind had gone “numb”, do we have reason to believe he actually absorbed all the information presented to him? When he spoke at KU he didn’t touch on any of the issues of the debate, he only spoke of how he was deemed an “activist judge”. Perhaps this is because he wouldn’t have been able to reiterate the science that was presented to him, so he took another route.
According to the Thoughts from Kansas blog, Jones agreed to speak at KU only upon condition that he would not discuss the specifics of the Kitzmiller v. Dover case -- maybe the reason why he set that condition was that he never really learned or understood those specifics in the first place. Jones' KU speech also included what he considered to be threats to "judicial independence." More details about Jones' KU speech are here. So far as I know, the only defense that Jones has made of the Dover decision in particular was some asinine commentary about the founding fathers' "true religion" -- see this and this.
BTW, the blogger on Reasonable Kansans, Forthekids, helped prove that PZ Myers deliberately quote-mined the 3rd chapter of Jonathan Wells' recent book, "A Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design."
Also, a Lawrence Journal-World article about Behe's KU speech said,
A professor of biology at Lehigh University, Behe’s main argument was that evolution has become so ingrained and accepted that it becomes difficult to raise any questions about it in the scientific community.
“When I start to point out problems, often people don’t have time to listen,” he said.
Behe has also made a written response to the Kitzmiller v. Dover opinion.
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