In a motion filed last week in federal court, Mr. Lott’s lawyers asked the judge to place a gag order on any information that might turn up in depositions or private documents as the lawyers on both sides prepare for the trial.
The motion asserts that “publication or dissemination of information that is obtained during discovery, particularly if provided without context or explanation, could be extremely damaging to sales” of Mr. Lott’s new book, Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don’t. The book, which was released this week by Regnery Publishing, was written in part to rebut Mr. Levitt’s work.
Lott’s lawsuit is now just about this statement in an email to a Lott fan:
It was not a peer refereed edition of the Journal. For $15,000 [Lott] was able to buy an issue and put in only work that supported him. My best friend was the editor and was outraged the press let Lott do this.
In Freedomnomics that issue is a primary part of the evidence Lott offers to support his “more guns less crime” thesis — he has a table of classifying academic research on the thesis and more than half of the refereed journal publications that Lott alleges support his thesis appeared in that special issue. What do you think that Lott is trying to hide?