In case memory fails, they are that Seattle-based group that claims the concept of intelligent design trumps evolution and so should be taught in schools as "science."
That, we all remember, was the essence of a federal lawsuit between the Dover Area School District board and a group of parents who took issue with the board's mandating that a statement be read to students that intelligent design was an alternate view to evolution.
During the trial the Discovery Institute was pretty much a sideshow player, taking the plaintiffs to task for their attitude toward the institute's form of creationism and meanwhile carping at the school board for the way they attempted to introduce the concept of intelligent design into the curriculum.
In the fullness of time, the school board got its comeuppance when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III slapped down the intelligent design bid as unconstitutional, and by extension, showing the Discovery Institute's so-called "scientific" claims to be a lot of hooey.
Well, they're back. Why is anybody's guess, but their latest public relations stunt, claiming that Judge Jones in his final ruling copied text from motions filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on the behalf of the plaintiffs, smacks of more goofiness.
Further -- and this is the silliest part -- a spokesman for the institute claimed that the use of that text in the ruling undercuts its credibility.
Note to Seattle: That's not how it works, folks. At least not in the last 200 years of American jurisprudence. Judge Jones' credibility remains intact, Discovery Institute's claims flop.
As ACLU attorney Witold Walczak points out, it's standard procedure for jurists to cite, in their rulings findings of facts from attorneys involved in cases they are deciding.
P.S. to Seattle. The intelligent design argument lost big time in the Dover Area School District case. Pick your fight somewhere else.