The Supreme Court yesterday bolstered the government's power to discipline public employees who make charges of official misconduct, ruling that the First Amendment does not protect those who blow the whistle in the course of their official duties.Hmm. I wonder if this means instead of going to bosses, public employees ought to just blog or go to the press?
By a vote of 5 to 4, the court ruled that the Los Angeles County district attorney's office did not violate prosecutor Richard Ceballos's freedom of speech by allegedly demoting him after he wrote to supervisors charging that a sheriff's deputy had lied to get a search warrant.
Dissenters on the court, civil libertarians and public-employee unions said the ruling, which extends to all of the nation's public employees, could deter government workers from going to their bosses with evidence of corruption or ineptitude.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Oh, this is just what I wanted to hear
from the highest court in the land...
Posted by Peter A. Stinson on Wednesday, May 31, 2006