Writing a progressive blog while working at a public university in Alabama can be hazardous to your career health.
Regular readers know that I was fired on May 19 from my job as an editor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). And evidence shows that my termination had nothing to do with misconduct, violations of policy, or poor job performance. Rather, I was let go because my blog dealt critically with the Bush Justice Department, particularly its handling of the Don Siegelman case in Alabama, and that made someone in our state's GOP hierarchy uncomfortable.
My friend and former coworker Doug Gillett wrote a blog in 2004 that also became an issue with the UAB administration. Doug, however, still works at UAB, while I do not.
Why is that?
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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...
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