Courts weigh Doomsday claims – right after Doomsday

Critics who say the world’s largest atom-smasher could destroy the world have brought their claims to courtrooms in Europe and the United States – and although the claims are getting further consideration, neither court will hold up next week’s official startup of the Large Hadron Collider.

The main event took place today in Honolulu, where a federal judge is mulling over the federal government’s request to throw out a civil lawsuit filed by retired nuclear safety officer Walter Wagner and Spanish science writer Luis Sancho.

Meanwhile, legal action is pending as well at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Last week, the court agreed to review doomsday claims from a group of professors and students, primarily from Germany and Austria. However, the court rejected a call for the immediate halt of operations at the LHC.

If this sounds to you like a blizzard of documents, you’re not alone. At today’s hearing, Judge Gillmor took both sides to task for filing so many disjointed documents and for failing to follow the local rules of the court.

Will the judge weather yet another storm of paperwork? Maybe not. She doesn’t want any more filings without her permission.

For a little more background on the tinfoil hat brigade, wander over here. My fellow editors and I at Dvorak Uncensored have posted a few times about the LHC.

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