Whistleblower Lawyer Defends FBI Whistleblower’s Right to Appeal Retaliation Case
David K. Colapinto, a whistleblower lawyer and partner at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, was recently quoted in a Federal News Network article concerning an FBI whistleblower seeking justice.
Darin Jones is a former FBI employee who, in 2012, made several disclosures of violations of FBI procurement laws and federal regulations to his supervisors. The FBI fired Jones after he made these disclosures. Then the Justice Department dismissed Jones’s appeal of his dismissal. The FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act passed in 2016, was meant to correct cases like his. However, Jones is still seeking justice.
Colapinto told Federal News Network:
After all, his case was used as a textbook example to convince a bipartisan group of lawmakers of the need to change FBI whistleblower law, David Colapinto, founder and general counsel at the National Whistleblower Center, said.
“The Justice Department dismissed his case before the law took effect,” Colapinto said. “[It has] ever since refused to apply the law to the guy whose case was used as an example to change the law.”
Several members of Congress advocated for Jones in 2019 and expressed their concern in a letter to Inspector General of the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz.
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