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Re: SC rules 1st doesn't cover lies [CNN]
Clarification on the Subject: line -- the court's ruling, at least as
described below, applies only to government employees. It is the
state-as-employer, not the state-as-sovereign, role the court is discussing.
In other words, we're still free to lie, cheat, and steal.
 Unless it's a copyrighted work; if it is, you'll go to federal prison
and be fined a quarter-mil. Thanks, Bill Gates and the Software Publishers
At 14:40 -0600 1/21/98, Jim Choate wrote:
>> SUPREME COURT: GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CAN PUNISH WORKERS WHO LIE
>> January 21, 1998
>> Web posted at: 2:53 p.m. EST (1953 GMT)
>> WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government agencies can punish employees who lie
>> while being investigated for employment-related misconduct, the
>> Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday.
>> The court overturned rulings in five separate cases that had barred
>> federal agencies from stiffening the disciplinary action taken
>> against wayward employees based on false statements they made when
>> questioned about their misconduct.
>> Although the decision dealt with federal employees, its rationale
>> appeared to affect state and local government employees as well.
>> Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote for the court that nothing
>> in the Constitution nor any federal law bars such punishment.
>> "A citizen may decline to answer the question, or answer it
>> honestly, but he cannot with impunity knowingly and willfully answer
>> with a falsehood," Rehnquist said.
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