Tuesday, June 22, 2010


How To Piss Off a Federal Judge

The present titleholders as experts in that field (though I admit I've vied in the past for the crown) are the Institute for Creation Research and its "lawyers." I've blogged before about the silly complaint they filed against the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its refusal to sanction the ICR's "graduate school" handing out specifically creationist MS degrees in "science education." District Court Judge Sam Sparks was less than impressed and dismissed the suit. Having decided on the basis of statutory interpretation that the Texas law on accreditation did not intend to limit itself only to institutions supported by state tax funds, Judge Sparks goes on to say:

Having addressed this primary issue, the Court will proceed to address each of ICRGS's causes of action in turn, to the extent it is able to understand them. It appears that although the Court has twice required Plaintiff to re-plead and set forth a short and plain statement of the relief requested, Plaintiff is entirely unable to file a complaint which is not overly verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering, and full of irrelevant information.

Federal judges, with no little justification, like to think of themselves as Very Busy Persons and there is no better way to irritate them than to present them with verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering, and irrelevant pleadings. (BTW, if anyone wants an OCRed copy of the ICR's final complaint, leave me a comment with contact information.)

[A]lthough it is difficult to follow ICRGS's complaint, it appears ICRGS contends the Board engaged in "viewpoint discrimination" against ICRGS, thereby violating its constitutional rights to free exercise of religion, free speech, and equal protection.

"Viewpoint discrimination?" Oh, where have I heard that before?

It's late and the ruling is complex but if time allows and someone doesn't beat me to it, I'll try to summarize tomorrow.


Via The Sensuous Curmudgeon

Brevity is the soul of wit department:

overly verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering, and full of irrelevant information

I assume that the judge was amusing himself by deliberately engaging in excessively redundant pleonasm.

I suppose so but the only really, necessarily, truly repetitive word is "maundering." The rest can all describe different conditions, particularly in a legal context.
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If self-righteous jackasses like DM are going to Heaven, I choose hell.
As Mark Twain (I think) said: Heaven for the climate, hell for the company.
"overly verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering, and full of irrelevant information"

That's one of the worst kickings I've seen a judge give a party outside of actually accusing them of perjury. Creationists seem to bring that out in judges, no wonder at all.

I'd like to get a copy of the final complaint, when you've a chance. One of the fun things for me about the war on science in America is that so much is played out in courts, and being a lawyer by training means there's more amusement to be had from it.

My gmail addy is miketrilobite.

I'd like to get a copy of the final complaint

It could take a bit. I just looked at my copy and it's 27 megs, which I doubt I can send or you receive in one bite. I'll have to break it up somehow and send it in pieces.

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