Saturday, August 13, 2005
Calvert Licensing Controversy Deepens
Although he is not licenced to practice law in the state of Kansas, John Calvert questioned witnesses, as here, filed briefs, and represented himself as an attorney during the science hearings in the state last May.
On Thursday, August 11, the Morning Edition of NPR News on KANU Radio in Lawrence, Kansas broadcast a one-minute segment on retired intelligent design attorney John Calvert. During the science curriculum hearings last May, Calvert represented himself as legal counsel for the antiscience minority on the Kansas science standards committee despite the fact that he is not licensed to practice law in Kansas. Calvert is, apparently, licensed in Missouri.
Red State Rabble has obtained a transcript of the KANU segment in which Calvert makes an astonishing assertion. Here's the transcript:
Pedro Irigonegaray (counsel for the mainstream science at the state science hearings): Not only is the practice of law without a license a violation of ethical guidelines, it is also a crime.
Peter Hancock, for NPR: Calvert admits he’s not licensed in Kansas but says
he did nothing wrong by accepting clients in this state and acting as their attorney.
John Calvert: Just because I don’t hold a Kansas bar license does not mean that I can’t come into Kansas and practice law.
Red State Rabble is curious about something and would like to enlist the aid of our readers. If you have any knowledge of Calvert having accepted fees or expense money for his intelligent design advocacy while representing himself as an attorney, please drop us an e-mail and let us know where we might lay hands on it.
If you'd like to see the depths of Calvert's misrepresentation of himself, visit the web site that reflects the views of the intelligent design minority on the standards committee: Kansas Science Standards 2005 where you will find a half dozen examples of Calvert's legal briefs representing himself as an attorney, such as this:
Submitted toTHE SCIENCE COMMITTEE OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
May 26, 2005
ON BEHALF OF THE AUTHORS OF PROPOSED REVISIONS TO KANSAS SCIENCE STANDADS
by John H. Calvert, Esq. (as to the facts and law)
and William S. Harris, PhD (as to the facts)