ID ruling expected to impact other states

The reach of the Dover, Pennsylvania, decision
Only days after the high-profile intelligent-design trial ended in the fall, Federal Judge John E. Jones III, relaxing in his chambers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, promised to weigh the evidence and “rule as I see fit.”

At that time, Jones would not comment on whether he would limit his ruling to the Dover Area School District’s policy or broaden his decision to take on the issue of whether intelligent design is science or a religious proposition.

But he hinted at where he was headed. Jones said he “welcomed the opportunity” to make a ruling in “one of the most important trials on the First Amendment and the establishment clause.”


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