2/24/2005

Finally, some truly frivolous lawsuits

Two conservative groups have filed suits "seeking to invalidate the $3 billion stem cell research funding institute" that California voters enthusiastically approved last November. A spokeswoman for the institute brushed off the charges, saying the "proposition's passage demonstrated that a majority of voters 'felt comfortable that there was ample oversight and accountability,'" the Associated Press reports. It's no wonder the suits aren't being taken seriously. One, for instance, says the proposition illegally exempts institute members of conflict-of-interest laws since "it allows members to vote on awarding research grants that directly address diseases they or their family members may have," the AP notes. "At least three members have debilitating illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis."

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