Fired IG ponders options after suit dismissed
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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