Saturday, August 13, 2005


Scientist files complaint about lawyer |
Steve Case, an assistant research professor at KU, filed the grievances against John Calvert, a lawyer who is managing director of a Kansas-based organization that fights against the teaching of evolution in the classroom. Case was head of a committee of scientists that worked on public school science standards.

“John was using his status as a lawyer to try to intimidate and manipulate the process,” Case said.

In Kansas, representing oneself as a licensed professional is a crime.

Case has filed complaints with the Kansas Supreme Court, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office. He also has filed a complaint with the Missouri Supreme Court.

Calvert said the hearings and proceedings before the board of education were not judicial proceedings in which he needed a Kansas license.

Case has said he doesn’t know if Calvert is right, but that legal officials should make the call.
That's exactly right. The status of the hearings/trial/hearings was never clear, and Mr. Calvert certainly made it clear that he was a lawyer and was acting as an attorney. Did he break the law? I'm not a lawyer, so I'm sure I don't know. This should be investigated thoroughly and impartially. I'd like to see records of the ID Network subpoenaed to evaluate whether Mr. Calvert was acting as a lawyer in the state of Kansas. I'd also like to see Board of Education records subpoenaed, because at times Mr. Calvert gave the appearance that he was acting on as a legal counsel on behalf of the 6 member creationist majority.

These are reasonable questions, and I'd like to see them explored.

Can he claim attorney client privilege and still assert that he wasn't practicing law without a license?