Florida: lawyer defends firefighter convicted of DUI but union won’t fight for him; says firefighters getting DUI’s ‘happens all the time’
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From Palm Beach Post
As West Palm Beach fire department Capt. Rick Curtis fights to get his job back, his attorney isn’t surprised that the West Palm Beach Association of Firefighters won’t back the 15-year veteran.
Union president Tom Wesolek sent Curtis a letter on Thursday, informing him that the union won’t back Curtis’ grievance. Curtis was fired after he was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI last month, but he later filed a motion to have the case disqualified after Curtis said he learned that an adversarial firefighter, union vice president Doug Greene, had an “intimate relationship” with Judge Marni Bryson, who presided over the DUI case.
Bryson and Greene haven’t commented on the relationship, but Bryson disqualified herself from the case last week, which she said is required because of the complaint. Wesolek said Greene recused himself from the union grievance hearings.
Wesolek said he watched the entire six hour DUI trial and spent most of the week reviewing Curtis’ case before deciding not to fight to get Curtis’ job back.
“I felt the city had just cause for termination,” Wesolek said……MORE