The last time we wrote about the Mark Armitage litigation was Mark Armitage Update: 17 August 2016 — Final?, in which we gave you enough background information to understand the issues, and said that there appeared to be some kind of settlement, because the matter was removed from the judge’s calendar of pending cases.
We checked the court’s docket one more time, and saw that there had been a new entry since we last posted. This was filed on 21 September: “Request and Entry of Dismissal (WITH PREJUDICE) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff/Petitioner.” That’s it. No trial, no written findings, no final judgment. The case is over. Most litigation ends like that.
However, this is the internet, that strange and wonderful place where everyone can achieve his own version of cyber heaven and all our wishes can come true. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Mr. Armitage has been active on the internet. He posted an amazing YouTube video claiming he had won in court!
Shortly thereafter, he posted a comment to his own video, saying: “My legal team has asked me to re-word this video to more accurately describe the nature of the victory that we have won, so I will be suspending this video for a day or so while we re-record the audio. Thanks for your understanding!!”
The revised version is now what you’ll see at at that link, and the claims of courtroom victory have been toned down a bit. It’s three minutes long, and the last third of it is a plea from Armitage for money to continue his great work. Presumably, no university will ever hire the guy again, so we understand his need for funding. Hey — it’s a worthy cause, so send him everything you’ve got!
There’s also a story about the case at an independent student newspaper, The College Fix: Creationist receives six-figure legal settlement from public university. They have a comments feature. We’re exceedingly dubious, but here are some excerpts from the “news story,” with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A creationist scholar [Hee hee!] recently received a six-figure settlement from California State University Northridge, a payout that resolved a 2-year-old lawsuit that alleged the scholar had been fired after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops horn and publishing his findings.
Armitage’s attorney, Alan Reinach, called the settlement “groundbreaking,” noting that in his decades practicing law he is unaware of any other favorable settlement of this nature on behalf of a creationist.
In a telephone interview Monday with The College Fix, Reinach declined to state the exact amount of Armitage’s settlement, only that it was a six-figure dollar amount, “a substantial settlement representing about 15 times his annual part-time salary.”
So there you are, dear reader. Believe what you will. As for your Curmudgeon, we assume this is the end of the Armitage saga.
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