Colo. Justices Question Worker's Firing Over Pot Smoking

Law360 (September 23, 2020, 9:15 PM EDT) -- The Colorado Supreme Court pushed back Wednesday on the state's effort to reinstate a prison warden's firing of an employee who used marijuana after hours, suggesting that an administrative law judge was free to determine the punishment was too harsh.

At oral arguments in the case of correctional officer Mathew Stiles, several of the justices pressed Assistant Attorney General Katherine Aidala to explain why the administrative law judge at the Colorado State Personnel Board was expected to defer to the warden's decision.

"Under the way you're interpreting this, it really gives the warden carte blanche," Justice William Hood III told Aidala....

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