Dispatches from the Creation Wars

God and Mammon in Dover

I find this quite fascinating as a sideline in the story of the ID experts in Dover. William Dembski, who was an expert witness for the defense in the Dover ID trial before he was withdrawn, was a few days ago threatening to sue the Thomas More Law Center to get paid for 115 hours of work on the case at $200 per hour. ID shill Denyse O’Leary reported both the lawsuit threat and the resolution of it, as Dembski emailed her to tell her that he had been informed that he would be paid in full. From the reports filed by all of the experts for the defense, in fact, we know that all of the experts were being paid $100 an hour for their time in writing up their testimonial reports, evaluating the reports of the other side’s experts, interrogatories, depositions and, presumably, testifying at the trial as well. There’s nothing terribly unusual about that. My father is an expert witness at many trials and these charges are about normal. What I find interesting about it is that the expert witnesses on the other side, including my friend Rob Pennock, Barbara Forrest, Ken Miller and several others, are all working pro bono in this case. They are being reimbursed for expenses, but not paid for their time involved at all. As Fox News says: I report, you decide.

“I know these televangelists always say that they don’t favor any particular denomination, but I think we’ve all seen their eyes light up at tens and twenties.”
Dennis Miller

Comments

  1. #1 Sherman Dorn
    June 28, 2005

    While testifying pro bono is an ethical good act, it’s not necessarily helpful in a case. My understanding from friends is that being paid as an expert witness is what you’re supposed to do. Doesn’t make sense to me, but I suppose we’re talking court procedures…