The saga continues. This is the case 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.
Because there’s been so much media coverage of statements made by the Coppedge team, we want to remind you that there are two sides to this case, and your best source of information is the archive of pleadings that were obtained from the court clerk’s office (at no small expense) by our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and then posted at their archive of pleadings in the case: NCSE’s Coppedge archive. They’re scans of pdf files, so it’s not possible to cut-and-paste from them, but that’s your best source of information. Indeed, other than sitting through the trial, it’s your only source of information from both sides of the case.
There’s also the courthouse. The clerk’s office maintains a docket for the Coppedge case, and they require payment of fees to obtain copies of the listed pleadings. You can visit that source here: Superior Court of California, Los Angeles. At the box for “Case Number” you need to enter BC435600. Some minimal information is available for free — the names of the parties and their lawyers, a list of what documents have been filed, what proceedings have been held, and what future hearings have been scheduled. The press has mostly ignored this information. Nothing new is likely to appear there during the trial, and if it does, it will probably show up in the NCSE archive.
Okay, now for today’s proceedings. The only news is at the Patch website, in JPL Lawsuit: Laid-Off Worker Calls Appeal a ‘Sham’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The former systems administrator suing JPL for religious discrimination testified Tuesday that he felt his appeal to a human resources investigation that found him to be harassing colleagues was a sham.
If Coppedge says it was a sham, that’s good enough for the Discoveroids, who will forever be declaring that it was a sham. But we’ll need to hear from JPL’s witnesses. The article also says:
“I felt a grave injustice had been done to me,’’ said, David Coppedge, who filed a lawsuit for wrongful demotion in 2010. … Defense attorney Jim Zapp is expected to cross examine Coppedge this afternoon.
We’ve been waiting for the cross-examination, but there’s no news on that yet. Perhaps Coppedge had another headache and the cross-examination was postponed. Let’s see what else we can learn:
At JPL, he told Judge Ernest Hiroshige, who is hearing the non-jury trial of Coppedge’s case, he made about $125,500 annually. Since then, he’s found only sporadic work.
That’s difficult to believe. A man so well steeped in creation science should be a valuable addition to any firm. Cutting-edge science outfits should be beating down his door. Anyway, that’s all the news we can find tonight. Perhaps we’ll have more tomorrow.
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