sm24 at calvin.edu
Wed Dec 21 12:06:26 PST 2005
But it stretches credulity that all the defense expert witnesses wanted to be
addressed as "professor" and all the plaintiff expert witnesses wanted to be
addressed as "doctor."
It strikes me that especially when dealing with technical, scientific experts,
"Doctor" would usually be considered the title that gives one's positions more
wieght that "Professor." But this is, of course, a highly subjective judgment.
>>> stevenjamar at gmail.com 12/21/05 2:29 PM >>>
Not having read the transcript, I don't know how the experts
introduced themselves or wanted to be addressed or were addressed by
counsel. I suspect that Judge Jones was just following the testimony
on this one. In my experience judges always referred to the witnesses
as they requested to be referred to. Also, I don't think there is
much difference between the two in the mind of most folk. Some
professors prefer "Professor" because it is more exclusive set, but
some prefer "Dr." because they think it sounds more prestigious and
separates them from the non-doctor professors.
At Howard University, in most departments Dr. is the typical
appellation. Not in the law school though, though we all have J.Ds.
So yes, IMO you are reading too much into it.
On Dec 21, 2005, at 2:10 PM, Steve Monsma wrote:
> I've just finished reading all 139 pages. I will resist
> commenting on the
> substance of Judge Jones' opinion, but I was struck by one thing.
> exception, when referring to the plaintiffs' expert witnesses (such
> as Miller
> and Padian), he refers to them as Dr. Miller, Dr. Padian or Drs.
> Miller and
> Padian. When referring to the defendants' expert witnesses (such
> as Behe and
> Munnich) he refers to them as Professor Behe, Professor Minnich,,
> or Professors
> Behe and Munnich. (I've checked and both Behe and Minnich have earned
> Assuming (as I would) that holding a doctorate gives one more
> credibility than
> simply being a professor at some college or university, is this
> consistent use
> of titles an indication of a bias on Judge Jones' part? Or am I
> reading too
> much into this? Is there some more innocent explanation?
> Stephen Monsma
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