Indiana state prosecutor Jeffrey Cox fired for right-wing terroristic threats
Indiana state prosecutor fired over remarks about Wisconsin protests
Feb 23, 2011 - The former state prosecutor, Jeffrey Cox, attached the comment "Use Live Ammunition" in response to a Feb. 19 Twitter posting by a writer for Mother Jones magazine. The writer, Adam Weinstein, wrote that riot police officers had been ordered to clear protesters from the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison.
The rumored 2 a.m. Sunday expulsion of protesters in Madison never happened.
Mother Jones on Wednesday published an article about Cox's Twitter posting and other inflammatory remarks the former state prosecutor had made online. By the end of the day, Cox had been fired from his job.
"Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General's Office," the agency said in a prepared statement. "We respect individuals' First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility."
Not only is Cox unemployed, but his eligibility for unemployment benefits are in danger because he was fired by his actions rather than laid off. Then his digital footprints are embedded on the internet so his next employer can reject or fire him, just as his previous employer did.
Tough life being a right-winger.