Saturday, January 20, 2007

Jail employee fired for lunchtime drink

McAllen, TX: Benny Layton, an employee of the county jail assigned to interview prisoners to see if they were eligible for a public defender, was fired this week after having had an unspecified alcoholic beverage during lunch time. Source.

There was no allegation that Layton was intoxicated, that his performance was impaired, or that he caused harm.

Compare this with cases where police officers are merely suspended after driving drunk and crashing their patrol cars. For example, this, or this. A little consistency in handling this type of case wouldn't hurt.

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