We still don’t have the court’s decision 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 trial ended on 16 April — more than four months ago. It’s taking a very a long time to wrap this thing up, but maybe this is typical of courts in California.
Meanwhile, there seems to be some kind of activity, although it doesn’t look like the final decision. At the court clerk’s website (Superior Court of California, Los Angeles), after you enter BC435600 in the box for “Case Number,” under the heading for Documents Filed you can see this cryptic entry:
08/23/2012 Order (INTERIM ORDER ON SUBMITTED MATTER )
Filed by Court
Note that it says “interim” order, not “final” order. But maybe all final orders are technically “interim” until a few days have passed for technical clarifications. This could be the end of the case. We don’t know how these things are done.
And under the heading for Proceedings Held we see:
08/23/2012 at 03:17 pm in Department 54, Ernest Hiroshige, Presiding
Court Order – Completed
That order, whatever it is, hasn’t yet been posted in the archive maintained by our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), located here: NCSE’s Coppedge archive. If it gets posted, and if it’s worth our attention, we’ll give you a link and an excerpt or two.
However, from what little we see (and it’s not much), we don’t think it’s over yet. But it could be. We searched, and there aren’t any news stories — at least not yet. Time will tell.
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