The last time we posted about this woeful case was about six weeks ago — John Oller Loses His Appeal — Again. Only your Curmudgeon is following this litigation, and our only source of information comes from our vast network of clandestine operatives. The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:
In late December of 2011, John Oller filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was (and apparently still is) a professor. The complaint alleged that faculty members of the university’s Communicative Disorders Department discriminated against him and marginalized his position because of his beliefs. He claimed that because of “viewpoint discrimination,” his colleagues have urged him to leave, reduced his class size, forbidden him from participating in policy committees, banned his textbook, denied him opportunities to lecture or instruct students, and marginalized his status at the university.
Oller is not only a creationist, whose articles are posted at the Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis (see links in our first post on this case: Louisiana Creationist Professor Sues University), but he also seems to be an anti-vaxer. Here’s a link to the complaint Oller filed. It’s quite a tale of woe.
His federal suit was dismissed, his appeal was unsuccessful, and his petition for a re-hearing by the appellate court was denied. However, he has also filed a state court case alleging the same grievances. That case is still pending, although it gets no attention from the press. The only support he has received is from ol’ Hambo — see Ken Ham Supports John Oller’s Lawsuit. The Discovery Institute, self-described champions of what they consider to be academic freedom, haven’t said a word about Oller’s lonely struggle.
When we last wrote about this case, we said that unless Oller is trying to get the US Supreme Court interested in his federal case, it’s over — except for his ongoing state court litigation, about which there is no news. But we have just learned of a new federal development from one of our operatives, whose code name is Deep Trachea.
What’s the news? We won’t keep you waiting. Oller has petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear his thrice-dismissed federal case. Here’s a link to the court’s docket. His petition was filed on 13 August, and the defendants’ response was filed on 14 September — four days ago.
We can’t find those documents, but they’re not important. In all likelihood the court will deny Oller’s petition. When that happens, all that will remain is his state court case. As we learn of new developments, we’ll keep you informed.
In conclusion, we must say that we’re shocked — shocked! — that the Discoveroids aren’t supporting Oller. A creationist anti-vaxer just can’t get any respect these days.
Addendum: Our clandestine operative, Deep Trachea, has given us some of information about Oller’s state court case. The defendants have obtained a summary judgment in their favor on one of the claims (which Oller is appealing), and more of the same is expected on his other claims. Some of the pleadings in the state case (but nothing recent) can be seen here at the Justicia website.
Update: We checked the Supreme Court Docket. Oller’s petition was denied on 19 October 2015, so the federal case is finished.
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