Judge's tentative ruling: Employee not let go over intelligent design

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles judge has tentatively ruled against a former computer specialist who sued Jet Propulsion Laboratory alleging he was laid off because he advocated his belief in intelligent design while at work.

Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige said Thursday that he is leaning in favor of JPL’s argument that David Coppedge was let go because he was combative and did not keep his skills sharp.

Hiroshige ordered a final ruling to that effect be drawn up and distributed within 30 days.

Coppedge’s attorney, William Becker, declined to comment until the final ruling is issued.

JPL officials had no immediate comment.

Intelligent design is the belief that life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone.

Coppedge had worked for 15 years on NASA’s Cassini mission to explore Saturn.

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