Cop can't cop a plea over lost job
| Citing that his 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated, former San Diego police officer John Roe sued the city to get his job back after being fired | Two days ago, the Supremes told him he lost
What had Officer Roe done wrong? | Seems he was selling police uniforms, mens underwear and pornographic videos [with himself as the action figure
] on ebay | After one of his fellow officers spotted San Diego Police uniforms for sale on the popular online auction house ~ and took offense to what he saw for sale ~ Officer Roe's free market moonlighting enterprise was investigated and he got fired |
An AP wire story
said that this decision doesn't significantly impact first Amendment protections because, "...The policeman, identified in court papers only as "John Roe," contended his free speech rights were violated when his bosses learned of his outside activities, gave him a warning, then fired him. The Supreme Court ruled against him without even hearing arguments. The justices issued an unsigned opinion that found his speech "was detrimental to the mission and functions of the employer."
noted that "..The high court issued a unanimous, unsigned "per curiam" opinion finding his speech "was detrimental to the mission and functions of the employer." While governmental workers have free speech rights with regards to "public concerns," the justices found the videos did not qualify as such "under any view" -- dissing the 9th Circuit whose split
opinion in favor of Code3Stud was thereby overruled.
Not mentioned anywhere was whether or not the happless officer was offered a job with Chippendales