Friday, October 14, 2005
Dover: Supreme Court Bound?
Now, the York Dispatch, has a revealing article by Christina Kauffman discussing the issue as well:
- Witold Walczak, legal director for the state's branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he thinks "it's far from a sure bet that the Supreme Court would hear this case.
- [S]chool district attorney Richard Thompson is already preparing the case for the nation's highest court.
- Richard Katskee, assistant legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said that if his side is victorious and it is ruled that intelligent design is creationism, the Supreme Court would not have any particular reason to take the case: The court has already ruled that creationism can't be taught in science classes.
Here's RSR's question, does Discovery Institute know that Thomas More Law Center attorneys may be actually planning to appeal this turkey all the way up to the Supreme Court? Are they concerned about the potential for icing any chance Discovery might once have had at winning a favorable precedent?
The fascinating subtext of preparations for an appeal to the Supreme Court: Thompson's so convinced he's already lost the case at the district court level, he isn't even bothering to show his game face in Harrisburg.
The one hope left seems to be a shift in the balance on the high court from the Bush administration's new Supreme Court nominations -- Kauffman's analysis of the court's composition in the York Dispatch doesn't really offer much hope on that front either.