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December 15, 2008
Friday, December 9, 2022
Youngstown, OH – Today, Subodh Chandra, Chandra Law's managing partner, sent a letter to the Mahoning County, Ohio Commissioners demanding that they reinstate Ricky Morrison, a cancer-stricken maintenance worker who was fired, Morrison says, because he expressed his First Amendment rights. He did so by attending an elections-board meeting to support a candidate challenging incumbent Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti.
Morrison, who is not a policymaker, and his family depended on his income and county-provided health insurance. Being stripped of his insurance has been particularly devastating as he faces cancer.
Morrison had an exemplary record at work and no record of discipline.
The letter alleges that Righetti stated her disgust over Morrison's exercise of his constitutional rights and that another commissioner called Morrison to admit the retaliatory motive behind the firing and his disagreement with it. The letter warns:
If, by Friday, December 16, 2022 (one week from today), you do not immediately and unconditionally reinstate Mr. Morrison to mitigate the harm inflicted on him—and being inflicted upon him as a health-insurance-deprived cancer patient, we will act swiftly and accordingly.
Chandra's letter, which is now a public record containing the details of Morrison's experience, can be found here.
UPDATE 12/13/2022: Morrison has been reinstated upon Chandra Law's demand, but as explained here, Acting Prosecuting Attorney Gina DeGenova's email raises more troubling questions than it answers:
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