The last time we wrote about the seemingly endless John Freshwater case was Freshwater Going to Ohio Supreme Court. You recall that Freshwater was an 8th-grade science teacher in Ohio who was accused of burning a cross on a student with a Tesla coil, teaching religion in his science class, and failing to follow the school district’s orders. Freshwater claimed that the district wanted to fire him only because he refused to remove a bible from his desk.
Freshwater was eventually fired and he’s lost his battle at every step along the way, but he keeps on fighting. His administrative hearing dragged on for years, and that’s how it’s going with the subsequent litigation. Now he’s filed another brief with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Richard B. Hoppe has just posted about this at Panda’s Thumb, and his posts about this case are the most informative you’ll find anywhere. We are pleased to let him carry the burden, because having entered the appellate stage, the case is overflowing with slime and we are delighted that Richard is dealing with it and not us. Our tolerance is tested enough by the Coppedge case.
So click over to Panda’s Thumb and take a look at Freshwater: His Reply Brief . After reading what’s going on in that case, imagine that you have to draft a response to the latest brief. You’ll understand why a wise old practitioner once said that he prefers litigating against a smart, competent, honorable opponent than any other kind.
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