Thursday, July 9, 2009
State Police troopers will not be able to privately practice law, a federal judge has decided. The decision, filed today, dismisses a lawsuit filed by two trooper unions last year. "If the troopers were to prevail on this argument, state agencies would be precluded from holding their public employees, specifically attorneys, to a higher ethical standard than those imposed on private attorneys," U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson wrote in her decision. Two trooper unions -and 21 troopers working as lawyers -had argued the state was preventing troopers from pursuing another profession. Read full Statehouse Bureau article here.