And yet another facet of the Culture Wars hits the courts:
A federal judge Thursday asked to review notes and other source material of two freelance newspaper reporters subpoenaed in a lawsuit over a school district’s inclusion of “intelligent design” in the ninth-grade biology curriculum…
An attorney for the Thomas More Law Center said the reporters’ testimony and notes were essential to clearing up questions about the accuracy of their stories about the school board meetings.
In sworn testimony in January, school board members denied or said they did not remember making statements about creationism during the meetings, which both reporters included in their stories.
“Creationism was a term that was put in their mouths,” Thomas More attorney Patrick Gillen said.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys also had subpoenaed the reporters, but later agreed to accept affidavits from them and their editors attesting to the accuracy of the stories. Benn argued that the defense lawyers could get their questions answered by interviewing members of the public who attended the meetings.
Activist Judge! As a side note, I am warming to the idea that Judith Miller should be forced to testify, which is my weaselly way of admitting I was wrong that she should not be in jail. I maintain my right to waffle on this issue in the future. Some might call me a flip-flopper.