David Coppedge Case: Something’s Happening

We still don’t have the court’s decision in the suit filed by David Coppedge, the creationist who claims he was wrongfully demoted and later fired by his employer because he was promoting Intelligent Design (ID) on the job. As you recall, he used to work as a computer technician for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is part of Caltech. He also maintains a creationist website:Creation-Evolution Headlines — which was recently moved here.

The trial ended on 16 April — more than four months ago. It’s taking a very a long time to wrap this thing up, but maybe this is typical of courts in California.

Meanwhile, there seems to be some kind of activity, although it doesn’t look like the final decision. At the court clerk’s website (Superior Court of California, Los Angeles), after you enter BC435600 in the box for “Case Number,” under the heading for Documents Filed you can see this cryptic entry:

08/23/2012 Order (INTERIM ORDER ON SUBMITTED MATTER )
Filed by Court

Note that it says “interim” order, not “final” order. But maybe all final orders are technically “interim” until a few days have passed for technical clarifications. This could be the end of the case. We don’t know how these things are done.

And under the heading for Proceedings Held we see:

08/23/2012 at 03:17 pm in Department 54, Ernest Hiroshige, Presiding
Court Order – Completed

That order, whatever it is, hasn’t yet been posted in the archive maintained by our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), located here: NCSE’s Coppedge archive. If it gets posted, and if it’s worth our attention, we’ll give you a link and an excerpt or two.

However, from what little we see (and it’s not much), we don’t think it’s over yet. But it could be. We searched, and there aren’t any news stories — at least not yet. Time will tell.

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10 responses to “David Coppedge Case: Something’s Happening

  1. Anxiously waiting with you.

  2. I am assuming the long delay signals a ruling unfavorable to Coppedge.

    But I suppose I could be wrong. Maybe the judge will award Coppedge a dollar, or something.

  3. I wonder if JPL could sue him for slander.

  4. Statements made in court during litigation are usually privileged.

  5. I’m thinking next week it’ll come in. Possibly they have to give all parties notice of a verdict? It will not be a $1 judgment, I don’t think this is a principle type case. And even that would give Coppedge a moral victory on which he could toot his creationist horn all over the Internet and the lecture circuit. I’m thinking he’ll lose big but I could be wrong. I don’t even think it should have had the long trial format and yet it did.

  6. Do you know what the biggest irony is. Curmy has been waiting 4+months for this and the actual release will happen Mid hurricane and his Internet will be knocked out.

    Hoping you fair the storm well.

  7. Spector567 says: “Curmy has been waiting 4+months for this and the actual release will happen Mid hurricane and his Internet will be knocked out. ”

    I’ve been thinking about that.

  8. “the actual release will happen Mid hurricane and his Internet will be knocked out. ”

    SC, I’m remembering the last time we didn’t hear from you for several days. I was just about to call in a bevy of satellites and a couple of Blackhawks to make sure you were okay. I hope you have a back-up line of comms in case you’re knocked off the interwebz.
    Not that I worry.

  9. Gary says: ” I hope you have a back-up line of comms in case you’re knocked off the interwebz.”

    For the moment, no problem. But the next day or two may be flaky, even if we have power. If power lines go down, it can sometimes take 2 or 3 days to get power restored. I don’t have a generator, so there’s nothing to be done about it.

  10. “I don’t have a generator, so there’s nothing to be done about it.”

    I was thinking more along the lines of a call (assuming your landline and/or cell still work) that you’re okay. I believe there was at least one person who left comments the last time that you were simply on a trip somewhere and didn’t have access to (or perhaps you just wanted a break from) the interwebz. Put a lot of our minds at ease.
    Like I said, not that we worry.