The first day of the trial’s second week is winding down, and we’re getting some news reports. The website Patch, in JPL Lawsuit: ‘Trampling on My Civil Rights’, reports:
Judge Ernest Hiroshige continued the trial to Tuesday, due to an apparent migraine headache that caused David Coppedge to lay down for more than half an hour. Plaintiff attorney William Becker said when the headache pain grows severe, it causes Coppedge to mispeak, as well as meander.
If Coppedge is not well enough to continue in the morning, Becker said he will call his next witness. Coppedge has yet to be cross examined by defense attorney Jim Zapp.
They also report this earlier testimony, before the headache ended the day:
Coppedge, though periodically meandering during testimony, allegedly due to a migraine headache, described political cartoons on a Cassini project scientist’s door that poked fun at intelligent design. Another colleague posted a cartoon that mocked traditional marriage, he said.
One cartoon depicted Darwin fish, which he described as “corruptions of a well- known Christian symbol’’ that could offended some Christians. Coppedge took photographs of the cartoons after what he described as an intense meeting with [his supervisor, Greg] Chin in March 2009. During the meeting, Coppedge said, Chin told him not to talk about religion or politcs in the workplace.
Cartoons! A Darwin fish! How much harassment can one man endure? Oh, wait, the article also says, apparently getting this from Coppedge’s testimony: “Ultimately human resources ordered the political cartoons removed.”
Hey, that sounds fair. There’s also this:
Regarding his freedoms of speech and religion, Coppedge said he believed he was on solid legal ground because of JPL’s affiliation with NASA, a federal agency. “I do know that every machine I’ve worked on says ‘Property of U.S. Government on it,”‘Coppedge said.
Ah yes, thus invoking the ancient maxim: “He who owns the machines calls the tune.” Powerful testimony indeed!
JPL must be reeling. Their lawyers are probably hiding under their counsel’s table. We hope Coppedge recovers sufficiently to continue his exciting tale tomorrow. Verily, this is the trial of the century.
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