VOL. XV, NO. 7
1/21/97 - 2/3/97
by David Underhill
As forecast in the previous Harbinger, the two lawyers arrested for lawyering without a license have now appeared in court at Mobile Government Plaza as defendants - but only for a preliminary skirmish. Larry Simpson and Jerry Pogue were asked how they plead, and each asserted his innocence. A trial date was set for next month.
The defendants are not in a mood to plea bargain or to quibble over the precise definition of practicing law. They are taking the offensive. Simpson intends to file a motion for trial by jury rather than by judge and for discovery, the procedure granting defendants pretrial access to the evidence against them.
Pogue has already done this. He has also filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him and erase the record of his arrest. It says that the "complaint and indictment are patent untruths...without merit or cause whatsoever, as employed by authorities acting under color of law to willfully injure by arresting, jailing, and confining Jerry H. Pogue....All of which prejudices the substantial and guaranteed United States Constitutional rights of the alleged defendant."
As this language plainly implies, Pogue is contemplating a federal suit for millions of dollars in damages against the Mobile district attorney, the state bar association, and anyone else the discovery process reveals as implicated in his arrest. That would give him another opportunity to exercise his skills as a lawyer, licensed or not.
The Harbinger was informed last week by the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF), a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, that it has been awarded a mini-grant to sponsor a symposium on the interaction between science and religion in view of recent advances in science and technology.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Paul Kurtz, professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York Buffalo, founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, author of Secular Humanist Manifesto II, editor of the journal Free Inquiry, and president of the International Academy of Humanism; and Timothy J. Madigan, executive editor of Free Inquiry and a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at State University of New York-Buffalo.
Local presenters include Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb, professor of biological science at the University of South Alabama, and Dr. Richard Sneed, assistant professor of philosophy at Spring Hill College and a former Methodist minister. Drs. Gottlieb and Sneed will make a joint introductory presentation about the contributions that science and religion have made and continue to make to society to set the stage for a series of presentations and discussions exploring how religion and science could get along in a collaborative intellectual environment and help Mobilians make intelligent choices regarding the applications of science and technology.
Dr. Herbert Winkler, professor of microbiology and director of the Molecular Biology Laboratory at the University of South Alabama, and a member of the group that cloned and expressed the first rickettsial genes, will make a presentation on genetic engineering and the Human Genome Project, and the real and mythical ethical problems of too much knowledge.
Co-sponsor of the grant application is Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile.
This current grant is the 12th that The Harbinger has received from AHF since the Mobile non-profit education foundation was formed in 1983.
by Edmund Tsang
After a lull while the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (NEP) changed its program director last Fall, the pace of the project picked up with advertisements last Sunday in Mobile's daily for Request For Proposals (RFP), as the program proceeds to put in place in three years an agreement between local, state and federal interests in managing and protecting the resources of the estuarine system in Mobile Bay. (...Full Story)