Avoid the appearance of bias in disciplinary proceedings

A California court of appeal recently held that the city of Pomona must reconsider its decision to terminate a police officer for misconduct because its disciplinary proceedings lacked the appearance of fairness and impartiality. Using two partners from the same law firm to fill both advocate and adviser roles in the proceedings created an unacceptable appearance of unfairness and bias that violated the police officer's constitutional due-process rights. Read More...