During the Reagan-Bush Administration, successive Secretaries of Labor correctly held that there can be no gag orders in whistleblower case settlements. Every U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge must review whistleblower settlements before they can be approved by the Administrative Review Board. No. Gag. Orders.
Yet in Article III federal courts and many state courts, justice is for sale. Victims of medical malpractice, medical devices and other defective produces, and police brutality and other torts, can be forced to accept money for silence.
This is morally and legally wrong. The Fourth Circuit is right. Every court in the land must reject gag order settlements as contracts against public policy.
Here in St. Johns County, Sheriff DAVID SHOAR has settled cases, like the Ford Street incident case (settled for $275,000) with the belief he could keep them secret. The rebarbative reprobate is wrong, again.
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