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Resource ID: #13476
Subject: Courts
Source: Lingua Franca (Mamaroneck, N.Y.)
Date: September - October, 1996


Lingua Franca investigates the dangers involved in using academics as expert witnesses and allowing them to testify, possibly compromising their scholarship for modern-day political causes. The article focuses on a Colorado case that outraged many homosexuals by making it illegal for any state agency to designate homosexual, lesbian or bisexual "orientation, conduct, practices, or relationships" as the basis for protected legal status. During the trial, University of Chicago classicist, Martha Nussbaum, testified on Plato's views of anal intercourse, swaying the outcome of the trial and causing some of her colleagues to accuse her of perjury. (Sept. - Oct. 1996)

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