| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Fired Allegheny County jail nurse's federal lawsuit dismissed

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a former Allegheny County jail nurse's First Amendment claim that supervisors fired her to cover up the May 6 death of an inmate, but left open the option that she could pursue a lawsuit in state court.

Sherry Anderson, 44, of Bellevue claimed that the county, Allegheny Correctional Health Services and two supervisors violated three state laws, including the Whistleblower Act, and violated her civil rights.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry ruled that Anderson failed to substantiate her federal claim because all of her conversations about the treatment and death of Derek Black, 28, were with supervisors, and the First Amendment doesn't protect employee conversations with their employers.

Anderson's attorney, Timothy Kolman, said she will pursue her wrongful firing claims in state court.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Police charge New Florence man in St. Clair officer’s killing
  2. Penn State coach fires offensive coordinator
  3. Travelers advised to arrive 2 hours early for flights from Pittsburgh International Airport
  4. New Kensington man killed in North Buffalo crash
  5. Police officer fatally shot in New Florence; suspect in custody
  6. Indiana Twp. liver transplant recipient, 2, takes steps toward normal life
  7. Aliquippa wins 16th WPIAL title, ends South Fayette’s 44-game winning streak
  8. Four downs: Steelers might still be Adams’ best bet
  9. Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
  10. Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
  11. As historic breakup nears, Alcoa works to redefine its ‘advantage’