The potential for Probation lawsuits
Re Hacko Jacko O’Brien possibily suing
the state: Let him. Anyone can file a suit. But it's actually Probation workers who didn’t get jobs, promotions, etc. who have a better chance of filing landmark suits against O’Brien and the state, if they hire a sharp enough constitutional lawyer who understands the Supreme Court’s 1990 anti-patronage ruling.
… I truly hope someone files a big, fat class-action lawsuit as a result of the Hacko Jacko-Probation fiasco. Not all non-hacks could sue under the Rutan decision
(see summary here
). But O’Brien’s alleged patronage splurge was so gross and widespread, there’s bound to be potential qualified plaintiffs under Rutan. … Tim Cahill
says patronage occurs everywhere. Good. So let’s root it out. Repeat: Patronage at the non-managerial level has been found to be unconstitutional.