This is about the case of 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. He used to work as a computer technician for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He also maintains a creationist website: Creation-Evolution Headlines [which was recently moved here].
The trial is scheduled to start on 14 December, which is 15 days from now. If you haven’t been following the case, you can find some background information in this earlier post.
As you’ve known since we posted Discoveroids Spin Recent Coppedge Rulings a bit more than a week ago:
There’s been a “TENTATIVE RULING” on the 26 October motion for Summary Judgement, but we don’t know what the order says. … Until we see the pleadings, we won’t know what’s going on, but something obviously happened yesterday.
Now the court’s ruling has been posted at the website of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), which maintains an archive of pleadings in the case here: NCSE’s Coppedge archive. This is the court’s Ruling on JPL’s Motion for Summary Judgment.
JPL’s motion was granted as to issues 2, 3, and 5 in Coppedge’s complaint, and denied on issues 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Those nine remaining issues (they’re technically “causes of action”) will be decided in the trial. The other three are no longer part of the case.
If you want to see what those issues are, here’s Coppedge’s Second Amended Complaint. The issues that JPL won, and that won’t be going to trial, are (starting at page 22): Issue 2, Discrimination based on political activity and the exercise of protected rights; Issue 3, Retaliation in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act; and Issue 5 (on page 28), Harassment. Although Coppedge has lost on those issues, he has plenty of others to present to the jury, as you’ll see if you review the complaint.
The court also ruled on some evidence questions, but there’s no detail given. We’d have to go back and look through all the objections that had been filed earlier, and that’s too much to bother with. The court’s order then briefly discusses its reasoning for letting several issues go to trial, so you may want to take a look at that. Essentially, the judge thinks there are “triable issues of fact” regarding those items.
This is likely to be the last time we’ll know what’s happening until the case is either settled or tried. It won’t be long now.
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