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Investigation into Fired Justice Department Employee

Timothy Kincaid

April 17th, 2008

doj.gifNPR raised questions recently about whether Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie A. Hagen was fired due to a rumor that she was a lesbian. Now it appears that an investigation has been opened.

When NPR first reported Hagen’s case earlier this month, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) asked the Inspector General’s Office and the Office of Professional Responsibility to confirm that they were looking into Hagen’s case.

Leahy and Specter — the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee — received their response Monday night.

In a letter dated April 14, Glenn Fine of the Inspector General’s Office and H. Marshall Jarrett of the Office of Professional Responsibility said they are looking into whether Hagen was “discriminated against in employment decisions on the basis of alleged sexual orientation or other improper factors.”

The Washington Blade questioned Elaine Kaplan, who served as head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel during the Clinton administration. Kaplan explained that while Clinton’s executive order – which still stands – prohibited sexual orientation discrimination, the current head of the Office of Special Counsel, Scott Bloch, has created a definition that is essentially toothless.

It’s unlikely that the Office of Special Counsel would take action in the Hagen case because it involves alleged discrimination based on her sexual orientation, not a specific “homosexual act,” Kaplan said.

But somehow I suspect that neither Leahy or Specter will accept duplicitous responses to their inquiries. Specter, in particular, can get quite cranky if he feels that some bureaucrat is not adequately addressing his committee’s concerns.

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queerunity
April 17th, 2008 | LINK

specter is also a republican so he might let this slip if he knows the truth is she was indeed fired because of sexual orientation.

Timothy Kincaid
April 17th, 2008 | LINK

Queerunity,

I suggest you familiarize yourself with Specter’s voting history before you assume he homophobic.

David Anthony
April 17th, 2008 | LINK

Timothy,

Now why would queerunity want to do that?

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