Judge orders website pulled
By Maria Hickey, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – A federal judge this afternoon ordered the Elliot Institute to temporarily pull its website from the internet.
That's after the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures filed suit against the Institute charging they copied its website.
The Coalition is pushing a statewide referendum to protect federally allowed stem cell research, while the Elliot Institute is seeking to get a referendum to ban human cloning.
Coalition chairman Donn Rubin says the Institute is trying to confuse voters.
"It was a blatant attempt at disinformation and the judge observed that it was so obvious that it could border on criminal behavior," Rubin said.
But Elliott Institute Director David Reardon says the organization was not trying to confuse voters. He says they wanted voters to see the initiatives deal with overlapping issues.
"We were trying to, to show, to basically clone their website," Reardon said. "Just as we both agree that if you clone a human being it's going to be distinctly different, different personality, ours was distinctly different also."
The Elliot Institute has 24 hours to pull the website.