At last, we’ve reached the end of the trial 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. Coppedge 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.
In the Pasadena Sun we read: Judge rules in JPL’s favor in wrongful termination lawsuit. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
David Coppedge, the man who sued the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and claimed the agency discriminated against him for his explicit religious view, has lost his wrongful termination lawsuit, according to court documents released Wednesday. Judge Ernest Hiroshige said Coppedge claims of discrimination and wrongful termination “fails, and judgment on this claim shall be entered in favor of Caltech.”
We’ve known this was coming. When the trial ended, the judge told JPL-Caltech to write up a final decision document that rules against Coppedge on all counts, and for the last couple of months Coppedge has been objecting to the proposed order.
The clerk’s docket at the courthouse indicates that the final order has been entered, but that final order doesn’t yet appear at the archive maintained by our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), located here: NCSE’s Coppedge archive. When they have it we’ll post a link and a few excerpts.
Meanwhile, the Pasadena Sun has obtained a statement from Coppedge’s attorney:
“David was the victim of religious discrimination because a handful of malicious co-workers hated his Christian views, as well as his interest in intelligent design, which they ignorantly perceived to be a religious concept,” Coppedge’s attorney William Becker said in a statement Thursday. “He was demoted and fired for simply being a Christian and someone who believes that nature can be scientifically explained by reference to designs found within it.”
Becker isn’t happy. Let’s see, he mentioned that Coppedge had “malicious” co-workers who “hated” his Christian views and his interest in intelligent design, which they “ignorantly” perceived to be a religious concept. Strong language indeed.
There’s another story in the La Cañada Valley Sun of La Cañada Flintridge, California — where JPL is headquartered. Their headline is Judge confirms earlier ruling, sides with JPL in ‘intelligent design’ case.
That’s a strange headline, as this never was a case about intelligent design. Well, let’s see what they say. The bold font was added by us:
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday confirmed an earlier ruling that found Jet Propulsion Laboratory administrators did not discriminate against a longtime staffer when they laid him off in 2011.
Fair enough. Let’s read on:
David Coppedge — a former lead systems administrator on the Cassini Mission to Saturn who worked at JPL for 15 years — filed a lawsuit in 2009 …
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That newspaper doesn’t have a clue who Coppedge was or what the case was all about! We continue:
The final ruling by Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige confirms his tentative ruling issued less than three months ago, which came down against Coppedge on every claim. He also overruled all objections filed by Coppedge’s legal team.
We figured that. Then they quote Becker’s statement which we already gave you, and they add this:
“By failing to address the evidence personally, thoughtfully and carefully, [Hiroshige] left the door wide open,” said Becker. “By overruling our objections without giving a reason, the judge has all but handed us a victory on appeal.”
So there you are, dear reader. We’ll have more to say about this when the final order is available, and when we hear from the usual suspects. And after that there’s sure to be an appeal. Stay tuned to this blog.
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