3 thoughts on “Plagiarism on the Bench?

  1. The hobbyist software developer in me wants to express admiration at his desire to reuse existing material and not duplicate effort.

    Nice to see you’ve switched to WordPress, I like the platform a lot. You know that you can duplicate the look of your old site with not too much effort? Default WordPress installations really lack character.

  2. I’m still getting to know what it can do, and playing with the layout. But it was time for a cleaner look. Besides, so many of my readers subscribe to the feed and so never see the layout.

  3. The new layout looks good.

    As for the post – if you click through, and read the Discovery Institute’s own paper, it’s not a “cut and paste”. He clearly relied on the ACLU brief for a summary of the arguments of the parties, but he did at least reword the points.

    Many of the “parallels” found by the Discovery Institute are examples of where the Judge used a quote (from the record or from Behe’s work) which had been included in the ACLU brief. There’s no indication about which other briefs also used those quotes.

    I’m an attorney, and we attorneys are always please when judge’s follow our arguments, and we’re not happy if they use our adversary’s arguments instead, in reaching a decision. But, it’s not plagiarism to adopt the position advanced by one of the parties.

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