The Ohio State Board of Education has voted 11-4 to discard portions of its tenth-grade biology guidelines that critics said opened the door for teaching intelligent design. The model lesson plan, “Critical Analysis of Evolution,” required that students learn “how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.” The guidelines did not mention ID apart from a disclaimer, but critics said information for the lesson was derived from ID and creationist literature, the Columbus Dispatch reported. “I’m ecstatic,” board member Martha Wise declared after the February 14 vote in Columbus. “It’s a win for science, a win for students and a win for the state of Ohio.”
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).