Thursday, September 15, 2005
Dover: Judge Rules on Questioning Reporters
Lauri Lebo of the York Daily Record [Pennsylvania] reports that the federal judge hearing the Dover intelligent design case has ruled that attorneys may question reporters about what they "saw and heard" at board meetings last June.
Both Joe Maldonado, correspondent for the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and Heidi Bernhard-Bubb, correspondent for The York Dispatch, are listed by the plaintiffs as witnesses in the case, and Thompson [the attorney representing the board, RSR] wants to be able to question them as part of the discovery process before the trial.
At issue are several articles written by Maldonado and Bernhard-Bubb in June 2004 regarding discussions on a proposed biology book during which board members discussed creationism. In sworn depositions in January, school board members denied the remarks attributed to them in the newspaper articles.