Zack Is Suing Louisiana

We haven’t heard anything about this from our clandestine sources, so we’ll just give it to you straight from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which has this headline: Anti-creationism activist, 20, sues for education records.

It’s about the latest move by Zack Kopplin (hey — he’s in Wikipedia: Zack Kopplin). Our regular readers know about Zack and his tireless efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA). The news story says:

Anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin has sued state Education Superintendent John White over public records, charging the state did not fully and properly respond to several requests in the legal timeframe. The suit was filed Monday in 19th Judicial Court in East Baton Rouge Parish and seeks damages and legal fees as well as release of the relevant records. A hearing date has not yet been set.

They give us this link to the complaint filed by Zack. It’s 37 pages long and we haven’t read it yet, so we’ll stick with the story in the Times-Picayune, which tells us:

According to the court documents, Kopplin sent requests on May 27 and June 20 for documents concerning the science education act and the school vouchers program. However, he says department of Education staff did not give him all the information he requested despite repeated conversations.

Officials of the creationist state government aren’t cooperating with Zack? We’re shocked — shocked! Perhaps it’s because Zack has been a big opponent of the tax-funded voucher program, alleging that it supports creationist schools — see Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program. Let’s read on:

“We have the public records Mr. Kopplin has requested, and they are available for him to pick up at our office,” said Barry Landry, department spokesman. “To date, he has not responded to our invitation to do so.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Somehow, we don’t think it’s quite the way the “department spokesman” says it is. If it were, there would be no need for Zack’s lawsuit. For example, paragraph 3 of Zack’s complaint says:

Petitioner submitted, as will be demonstrated herein, proper public records applications on several occasions requesting documents, which, in fact, exist and are required to be retained by the Department of Education, State of Louisiana (the “Public Records Requests”). The Public Records Requests were either (i) not responded to; (ii) insufficiently responded to; (iii) improperly responded to; or (iv) conditionally responded to. In each case, the deficiency has extended beyond sixty (60) days in violation of La.R.S. 44:35. During the process, Petitioner attempted to — with no duty to do so — accommodate the Department of Education.

So there you are. Somebody’s playing games here. Who could it be? Is it Zack, who has been steadfastly sane and honorable throughout his efforts to purge creationism from the state’s public school system, or is it the state’s Department of Education? Is it possible that bureaucrats in a state known to be infested with creationism might be holding out on Zack? We’ll have to wait to see the outcome of the litigation. Stay tuned to this blog.

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3 responses to “Zack Is Suing Louisiana

  1. Zack is Louisiana’s crown jewel. Here is hoping he wins this case.

  2. Justin says: “Zack is Louisiana’s crown jewel.”

    Zack is a fine fellow, but I think that title is securely held by Barbara Forrest.