One of the stranger legal rulings I’ve ever seen come out of federal court came down today, when U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski ordered the two sides in the the Giles County Schools 10 Commandments case into mediation.
The judge seemed to be bending over backwards and protecting the Giles County School Board from an enormous loser-pays bill that would be due if the school board lost the case, which they probably would.
More here from my colleague Laurence Hammack.
Recall, the board through its attorneys (Liberty Counsel) already has unsuccessfully tried to “out” the anonymous student at Narrows High School protesting the posting of the commandments on a school wall with other secular documents such as the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. He is being represented by the ACLU.
So what do you think? Urbanski’s action is almost Solomonic, wouldn’t you say? Except rather than split the baby down the middle, he sounds willing to lean to the defendants 60-40.
Do you think they’ll go for that? I can’t imaging they would.