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Fired IG ponders options after suit dismissed

By Multiplatform Editor

A former federal watchdog fired by President Obama last year said he's considering his options after a judge tossed out his wrongful-termination lawsuit Thursday.

Gerald Walpin, former inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, filed a federal wrongful-termination suit last fall, arguing that the Obama administration dismissed him as watchdog at the agency that operates AmeriCorps and VISTA after he raised questions about AmeriCorps-funded projects, including a school started by former NBA player and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

But on Thursday U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts dismissed his suit, stating in a 15-page decision that the 2008 Inspector General Act, a law co-sponsored by then-Sen. Obama, did not give Walpin the right to sue for wrongful termination and that the law was generally vague.

Walpin on Friday said he was disappointed and considered the decision "totally erroneous."

His case became a cause celebre for conservative activists and commentators last summer. But CNCS officials said Walpin had acted inappropriately at a May 2009 board meeting and had sparred with agency leadership.

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By Multiplatform Editor  | June 18, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
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It's remarkable how various judges are keeping Obama out of the trouble. The prosecutor in the Blago trial is literally tiptoeing past Obama.And there is little doubt that Walpin's firing was payback for going after Obama's long time ally and supporter ACORN (If ACORN hadn't roughed up Hillary's supporters at all of the state caucuses, Obama wouldn't have won the Democratic nomination.)

Posted by: SameOldTiredThinking | June 19, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I.G.'s are hired to be "Independent and Objective". I think Gerald Walpin was the third I.G. Obama has fired; a record. The judge ruled "The law was vague" was used to provide him "Cover".

I served on the staff of an I.G. and you do not make a lot of friends telling what is going on in an Agency that is wrong or illegal. But, that is their job. Walpin stepped on one of Obama's friends---Can't do that!

Strange isn't it that the new Illegal Alien Arizona Law---which Obama and Holder and Napolitano also thought vague---Perhaps that is because they never read the Bill. Don't dare get in the way of anything Obama wants or you will be dealt with.
The Homeland Security Deputy I.G. is next as he is on the record as saying: "The federal government is not equipped to process the flood of applications from a proposed immigration legalization bill and the agency that would oversee that program won't be ready for "a few years," .The warning, from Assistant Inspector General Frank Deffer, could severely complicate President Obama's new push to pass an immigration bill this year.

Mr. Deffer said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, is in the midst of trying to move from being a paper-based system to having electronic records. He warned that adding millions of new applications, as the bill would do, would be a bad idea.

"Adding 12 million more people to the system would be the mother of all backlogs.
Clearly to us the systems could not handle it now,"

Mr. Deffer told the House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee. "It's going to take a few years, so it's something for Congress to consider that, when they implement this, they don't have a date too soon."

Well, Is Deffer next? This was not what Obama wanted to hear . I say, he will be "transferred or Fired--Count on it! Media has failed to publicize his comments. What's new!!!

I hope Walpin appeals this ruling.

Posted by: passonfirstdown | June 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes, judges are indeed allowing Obama to misuse the judicial system among other entities in cluding the Washington Post who failed to give useful information in this teeney tiny article like what the federal law states-obviously of no importance in the Post's world of obfuscation and adherence to the Pravda rules of protecting his highness. Also the Post fails to state why the Sacramento mayor was under the gun from the inspector general. After all in the new era of Obama, the law is merely a pesky annoyance-a distraction to be cast aside while all on earth bow down to his holiness. Just wait 'til the Washington Post suffers from Obama's ire. First, they came for the Jews but I was not a Jew so I did not protest .......

Posted by: lavistabb | June 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Shorter wingnuts on this thread:

Crybaby wingnuts cry, cry, baby!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It must really be difficult to win a case like that when the wolf is living in the hen house.

Posted by: jdailing | June 21, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"But on Thursday U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts dismissed his suit"

Soooooo you're claiming Judge Roberts is a wolf?


Or are the voices in your tin foil hat telling you "he's one of "them""?

Posted by: lquarton | June 21, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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