The union representing DC Administrative Law Judges last week spoke out on the “extremely troubling issues” that it says cost Director of the Office of Open Government Traci Hughes (right) -- the public’s open government watchdog -- her job. IFPTE Judicial Council 3 was formed in 2012 by the Administrative Law Judges “to protect their independence from corrupt influences,” said IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon in a Feb. 6 letter to Charles Allen, DC City Council Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Chairman. “We believe her work to hold OAH accountable, namely its head, Chief Eugene Adams, was one of the major tipping points against Ms. Hughes,” Shearon added. The union sees “chilling” similarities in the case with a major labor issue in which Adams removed ALJ union president Jesse Goode from office for his role in helping hold former OAH Chief Judge Mary Oats Walker accountable for multiple ethics violations.
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