It’s about time for this day’s trial activities to be winding down in California, involving 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.
Unfortunately, we can’t find any news stories. That’s especially annoying, as today was going to be a continuation of JPL’s cross-examination of Coppedge. Even if the day ended early because of another Coppedge headache, someone should have reported it; but we’ve encountered only silence.
The Discoveroids have said nothing about the trial for the past couple of days, and we can certainly understand why — creationists always ignore inconvenient facts. A few days ago they were loading up their blog with posts about Coppedge’s direct testimony, when friendly questions were coming from his own lawyer. But now, when their hero isn’t looking so good, they don’t want to discuss it. They’re hiding under their desks while Coppedge is being cross-examined, pretending that nothing is happening.
The problem with that is that something is happening. Coppedge is probably being shredded, even as we speak, and we’re very frustrated that we can’t find any news about it. At least not yet.
Despite the lack of news, your Curmudgeon won’t be discouraged. We’re starting this post anyway, with the expectation that as the evening wears on we’ll be able to amend it with rousing tales of how Coppedge was sliced and diced during cross-examination. So although this post is starting out to be a brief one, we have hopes that it’ll fill out over the next few hours.
Addendum: At last, some news! the Pasadena Star-News has this: JPL attorneys paint David Coppedge as problem employee, which says, with our bold:
Despite JPL’s requirement to disclose outside business interests, Coppedge never disclosed to JPL any information about his sale of DVDs.
“At JPL you took ethics training once a year, where you were supposed to report outside business activity,” said James Zapp, lead attorney for JPL. “You never reported these activities to JPL.”
Coppedge acknowledged that he failed to disclose his sale of DVDs, as well as earnings from the business to the Internal Revenue Service or JPL as required by the science laboratory’s policy.
Very interesting! And here’s one more excerpt:
Coppedge filed suit against JPL in April 2009 on grounds of discrimination. Criticism supplanted praise in Coppedge performance evaluations following the  suit, according to his testimony Monday.
But Zapp said co-workers characterized Coppedge as confrontational and stubborn well before the 2009 incident with Chin. As far back as 2004, his co-workers described him as difficult to work with, a micromanager and someone who was “quick to say no,” according to testimony Wednesday.
Chin defended Coppedge to his superiors, Zapp said, but Coppedge didn’t listen. “Everything that Mr. Chin said to you about customers’ viewpoints, you would dismiss and say `you don’t understand me,” Zapp said.
Poor Coppedge. He’s so misunderstood. Perhaps that’s the fate of all great men.
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