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Bill Schuette wastes taxpayer dollars on witness dismissed by the judge in gay marriage case

by: Eric B.

Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 13:28:37 PM EST


How much did this shrewd legal manuever cost the taxpayers of Michigan, I wonder?

In a bombshell development, a federal judge just threw out the state’s first witness in Michigan’s gay marriage trial, concluding the Princeton-educated philosophy expert had nothing to offer in this case.

“He’s very eloquent … but right now, all he is offering to us is mainly his opinions,” U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said of the witness. “The court does not believe ... that he should be allowed to testify.”

Why would it be a bombshell that someone who isn't an expert not be allowed to share what are purely personal opinions as a trial witness? And, how much did it cost the taxpayers of Michigan for this guy to be flown to Michigan only to not be allowed to testify because he had nothing of substance to offer?

Meanwhile, the rest of the state's witnesses being called into the courtroom.

He's a great, frugal man, our attorney general.

Update! ... I keep getting drawn back to this paragraph.

The state had planned on having its first witness – Sherif Girgis – on the stand for up to two hours. Prior to getting dismissed, Girgis spent about 20 minutes on the stand listing his credentials, most of which included lecturing and writing academic papers on the philosophical debate surrounding the definition of marriage. He also has written a book, “What is Marriage, Man & Woman in Defense.”

They wanted to tie up two hours' of the court's time with this guy, whose "expertise" is entirely philosophical. In other words, the state wanted testimony based mostly on a thought experiment.

If we had a real media, someone would start asking questions like how much taxpayer dollars are being spent on this. If we had a real media...

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