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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Judge Jones said, "some of my colleagues . . . think I'm crazy"

The Denver Post reported that Judge John E. Jones III, the infamous judge who decided the Kitzmiller v. Dover case, said at an annual meeting of the Anti-Defamation League in Denver in June,

Some of my colleagues ... think I'm crazy. I hope you'll see other judges follow my lead.

Imagine what some of his colleagues must think of him now, after the Discovery Institute has revealed that most of the approximately 6000-word ID-as-science section of his Dover opinion was virtually copied from the plaintiffs' opening post-trial brief while ignoring the defendants' opening post-trial brief and the plaintiffs' and defendants' answering post-trial briefs.

The Denver Post article also said,
Judges are imperfect and should be taken to task, Jones said. "That's what the appeals process is for."

But Jones knew beforehand that an appeal in the Dover case was unlikely because of the changeover in the Dover school board membership. Also, his above statement insinuates that he thinks that the only proper place for criticism of a judicial decision is an appeal of that decision. Furthermore, Jones has complained that criticisms of his Dover decision made no attempt to illuminate the issues of the "role of precedent, how judges work, [and] the Rule of Law," as though those issues were relevant to the criticisms.

The Denver speech was at least the second time in just a few months that Judge Jones was a speaker at an ADL meeting -- he also spoke at the ADL's national executive committee meeting in February in Palm Beach, Florida.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Sherwood said...

The judge does a lot of speaking, doesn't he?

Maybe we should call this saga "Inherit the Windbag Darwinist Judge."

Saturday, January 20, 2007 5:22:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>> Maybe we should call this saga "Inherit the Windbag Darwinist Judge." <<<<<

Is that a proposed title for the upcoming movie?

Sunday, January 21, 2007 1:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pathetic. The blog is so dead that you had to start posting as "Jim Sherwood" again!

Sunday, January 21, 2007 9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Jim Sherwood also said...
>>>>> The judge does a lot of speaking, doesn't he? <<<<<

It is noteworthy that in the last few months he has stopped speaking directly about the Dover case. However, he falsely stated through a spokesperson that it was always his policy to not speak directly about the case. He spoke directly about the case in his Dickinson College commencement speech -- where he gave his interpretation of the establishment clause -- and in an interview when he tried to defend ruling on ID as science by (1) saying that both sides asked him to do it and (2) claiming that he was in a better position than any other judge in the country to make such a ruling. Of course, some profoundly retarded idiots who comment on this blog seem to think that Jones could not comment specifically about the case in a comment of less than 1000 words.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 8:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Marta Becket said...

< Is that a proposed title for the upcoming movie? >

> Pathetic. The blog is so dead that you had to start posting as "Jim Sherwood" again! <

Perhaps Larry(?) is a little bit like me:

http://www.amargosafilm.com/

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 9:20:00 AM  

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