Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Judge Jones Rips Dover Board A New One

In reading the ruling, I am struck by Judge John E. Jones' way with words. He is quite eloquent. Take this passage, for example:

The breathtaking inanity of the Board’s decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial.

Read the entire ruling here. It's a pdf, so beware of the load time. It's worth the read, though.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ranson said...

The only caveat I can see in this ruling is the fourth part of the ruling itself. While in declaring "ID is not science", the judge is correct, he opens the door for future judicial rulings on what science is or isn't. He couched it well, and made rock-solid points of comparison for future cases, but the danger now exists that a judge could rule on science he is incapable of understanding. Think of, say, an oil magnate bringing suit against global warming proponents, and getting a Bush appointee on the bench. It opens a dangerous door.

The rest of the ruling is the stuff dreams are made of, though.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Coralius said...

This may be, but we can't completely cut science out of the courts. That would actually work out better for the bad science people than it would us, the Heroes. :)

In all seriousness, it should be remembered that Jones himself was a Bush appointee and a staunch Republican. I'm torn about that, since my left-leaning little heart's first inclination is to distrust Bush appointees. But Jones came through with a huge slam dunk here. It's not the end. There is no end. But it's a win for the good guys, no ifs, ands or buts.

2:35 PM  

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