The fifth trial week came and went rather uneventfully in 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.
The activity log maintained by the court clerk’s office shows that last week there were partial trial days on Monday and Tuesday, a full day of trial on Wednesday, and then another partial day on Thursday. No activity is shown for Friday. Today, as week six begins, we were somewhat surprised to see an actual news story awaiting us.
You can read it in the Washington Post here: Trial winds down for NASA specialist who claims firing over intelligent design beliefs, and the same story is starting to show up in other papers. Unfortunately it’s an Associated Press story, and they don’t permit any copying. We’ll have to summarize the news in our own words.
First, you will note from the headline that AP hasn’t yet been able to get the basic facts right — they still think Coppedge worked for NASA. It hasn’t dawned on them that NASA isn’t a party to the litigation at all. They also mention that Coppedge “worked on NASA’s Cassini mission exploring Saturn and its many moons.” AP doesn’t understand that Coppedge wasn’t exploring anything; he was a computer technician who could have been working for chain of shoe stores.
AP also reports that Coppedge was one of “two Cassini technicians” who were among the 246 employees JPL let go. They botched that too. Our understanding is that all the 246 layoffs were Cassini people, because that project was being downsized. But AP somehow got the number “two” right — Coppedge was one of two computer technicians that were let go from the Cassini project.
Anyway, the big news — the only news, really — is that closing arguments are supposed to begin today. Maybe AP got that right.
But let’s not judge too harshly. Considering what a disappointment the trial has been after the build-up it received from Coppedge’s supporters, we think AP assigned an appropriately-talented reporter to the case.
If any other news appears, we’ll let you know; but this wretched story from Associated Press may be all that we get today.
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