This isn’t really news to our regular readers, but it’s interesting anyway. In the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, California we found this: Judge rules in JPL’s favor in wrongful termination lawsuit centered around ‘intelligent design’.
Let’s begin with the headline. As you know (despite the ranting from Coppedge’s supporters), this was always a routine employment case, and it was never about the merits of intelligent design. Okay, now here comes the really funny part. The newspaper says, with our bold font for emphasis:
JPL attorneys argued that Coppedge, the one-time head of the Cassini mission to Saturn, had become a combative employee whose skills had faded.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Coppedge gets more grandiose with every retelling of his story. Now he was running the whole show!
The next excerpt is newsworthy because it’s the first time we’ve seen a statement from JPL since the trial ended:
“We are very pleased with the decision reached by the court,” JPL officials said in a statement Thursday. “As we’ve stated from the beginning, the allegations raised by Mr. Coppedge were without merit. After weighing the evidence in this case, the court has agreed.”
Finally, in a rare display of even-handedness, the story quotes something favorable to JPL from the court’s decision:
“The evidence shows that Caltech has a detailed layoff policy, incorporating a layoff ranking process, which (Coppedge’s supervisor) carried out. The evidence clearly shows that (Coppedge’s co- workers) were more qualified than Coppedge regarding the skills needed on the project going forward, such as SCO/ ITL, web servers, and Linux, and that Coppedge had a history of poor customer relationships, particularly in comparison to the other System Administrators,” the judgement said.
Maybe, one of these days, the press will figure out what the Coppedge case was all about. It doesn’t matter, really. The judge understood, and that’s what’s important.
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