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San Diego Sheriff’s Employee Terminated for Marrying A Felon

San Diego (California) ex sheriff's department employee Arleshia Graham appealed mandamus denial by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) challenging her 2005 termination for marrying a felon. Her termination was affirmed.

A long time employee and recently promoted processing supervisor, Graham married the cell mate of her brother while visiting him in prison in 2002 after a three year relationship. Her termination was ordered in 2005 after an internal affairs investigation found violations of Rule VIII of the Rules of the CSC for her "association" with a felon. She appealed the writ's denial arguing an abuse of discretion, lack of evidence and excessive punishment.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal of California held that sufficient evidence supported the findings and punishment. It was noted that if her incarcerated husband were pressured by gang members, her access to presumably confidential information and possible discreditation to the sheriff could result in "harm to the public service." See: Graham v. San Diego County Civil Service Commission. 2007 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7360.

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Graham v. San Diego County Civil Service Commission