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Court tosses suit against state’s attorney for hiring interference

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A federal court has tossed out a lawsuit alleging that a government agency unconstitutionally interfered in another agency’s hiring and firing practices.

Recent case: Bruce Horstmann, a police officer in Alorton, was fired after his employer got a letter from the state’s attorney in St. Clair County, stating “My office will not pursue the prosecution of any case” involving Horstmann.

The police department fired Horstmann, and he couldn’t find another job because each time he applied, the state’s attorney sent the same letter to the potential employers.

Horstmann sued the state’s attorney, claiming that he and his agency were depriving Horstmann of his Constitutional right to due process.

But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the case, reasoning that Horstmann didn’t have the right to challenge the letters on Constitutional grounds. (Horstmann v. St. Clair County, et al., No. 07-3190, 7th Cir., 2008)

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