Court Rulings
Porn termination upheld E-mail
Written by by Michael P. Stone and Marc J. Berger   

The termination of an Arizona police officer for participating in his wife's business venture has been upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as the court in Dible v. City of Chandler, 2007 DJDAR 13692 (September 5, 2007) rejected the officer's argument that the termination violated his freedom of speech.

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No liability E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
Under the “professional rescuer” rule, a highway trooper in Utah who was injured while responding to an accident can’t sue the driver at fault, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled. The trooper was struck by a vehicle while retrieving hazard flares. He was responding to a rollover accident that allegedly resulted from the driver’s negligent driving.
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California Supreme Court Examines Lybarger Rule E-mail
Written by Michael P. Stone and Marc J. Berger   
Earlier this year, these authors discussed the pending California Supreme Court case of Spielbauer v. County of Santa Clara, reviewing a decision where the Sixth District Court of Appeal reversed the termination of a deputy public defender for refusal to give administratively compelled answers about suspected misconduct. The Spielbauer decision sharply criticized the rule established in Lybarger v. City of Los Angeles (1985) 40 Cal. 3d 822, governing administratively compelled statements of public employees.
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Prison Guard Awarded $850,000 in Sexual Harassment Suit E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
The New York State Division of Human Rights awarded a lesbian prison guard $850,000 after a judge said she had been subjected to mental and physical threats by a co-worker at a New York prison. The award also included provisions to create a training program in the state prison system to prevent discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
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9th Circuit Court is a Joke E-mail
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal continues its quest to be the least respected group of jurists in the United States with another decision worthy of ridicule.
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Changes in Disability Law E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

When it comes to things like changes in policies effecting injured police officers, a little tweak can bring huge consequences.

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Denver PD Cops overwhelm Court System E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
There’s a younger, more gung-ho, aggressive police force in Denver these days and their proactive crime fighting tactics has meant a whopping 73 percent increase in misdemeanor arrests over just two years.
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Privacy and Workplace Computers E-mail
Written by Michael P. Stone   

The FBI conducted an investigation into workplace Internet activities of Jeffrey Brian Ziegler, Director of Operations for a Montana-based Internet services provider.

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