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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Nixon v. Fitzgerald
Citation:457 U.S. 731 (1982)
Respondent A. Ernest Fitzgerald lost his job as a management analyst with the Department of the Air Force. The Air Force characterized the decision to promote efficiency and economy in the armed forces. During his employment, to the embarrassment of his superiors, Fitzgerald testified that certain plane could approximate $2 billion and revealed that unexpected technical difficulties had arisen during the development of the aircraft. Fitzgerald was dismissed, an action for which President Nixon took responsibility. Fitzgerald sued Nixon for damages after the Civil Service Commission concluded that his dismissal was unjust.
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