It’s been days since we posted about 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.
Week two of the trial started on 19 March, during which there was literally no news at all, and we posted at the end of that week that because the press had lost interest, we could no longer post daily about the trial.
Week three started on 26 March, and during that week there was also no news. Our only post was over the weekend, on 01 Apr ’12. We finally found a news story which informed us that Coppedge’s supervisor, Greg Chin, had been testifying about problems JPL had with Coppedge. That was the last news story we’ve been able to find.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, we don’t regard the Discoveroids as a reliable source of news. They did post something at their blog to the effect that one or two JPL employees didn’t have a problem with Coppedge. Even if true, that’s hardly surprising. It would be truly astonishing if the entire organization disliked him. But that’s been the extent of the Discoveroids’ recent “news” of the trial.
We’re now in week four, which started on 02 April, and the silence from the media is continuing. We had no choice but to visit the court court clerk’s office, here: Superior Court of California, Los Angeles. If you use that link, 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.
No new pleadings or orders have been entered, but there appears to be a daily log about whether the trial is in session or not. If we understand the terminology correctly, they say “Trial continued” if the day ends early for some reason, and when it doesn’t end early they say “Full Day of Trial Held.” If there’s no entry for a particular day, our assumption is that nothing happened; although it’s possible that the clerk’s office just didn’t make the appropriate entry.
Using those cryptic notations is pretty much like reading tea leaves, but for what it’s worth — perhaps nothing — this is the court clerk’s account of last week and the first half of this week:
For week three, from 26 March through 30 March, the trial was in session for a partial day Monday through Thursday, and apparently there was no activity on Friday. This week, which runs from 02 April through 06 April, there was a full day of trial on Monday and Tuesday and a partial day on Wednesday.
There’s no entry yet for today, Thursday the fifth was a partial day, and of course we have no clue what Friday will bring.
The press continues to ignore the trial. We assume that’s because it never lived up to the creationist hype of being an “intelligent design trial” against NASA. It was never either of those, so the journalists have totally lost interest. We haven’t lost interest, but as this post shows, we’re starving for information.
There’s one thing about which we’re certain: If anything big had occurred which was favorable to Coppedge, the press releases would have been flying around — and that hasn’t happened. So in this case, no news is good news.
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