Whistleblower Lost Job At Pac

Posted: March 12, 2012

A FEDERAL JUDGE recently ruled against the Police Advisory Commission's former chief investigator, who had sued the city after claiming he was pushed out in retaliation for referring a complainant to the Daily News.

Wellington Stubbs referred police informant Ventura Martinez to reporter Wendy Ruderman after Martinez filed a complaint in December 2008 about police misconduct.

Stubbs argued that his actions were protected by the First Amendment, but U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois ruled against him on Jan. 27, adding that "the speech was not protected because [Stubbs] did not speak as a citizen" when he referred Martinez to Ruderman.

Martinez provided information that led to "Tainted Justice," the Pulitzer Prize-winning series on police corruption.

According to court documents, Stubbs testified "that he did this because he believed Ruderman had more contacts than he did and thus might be able to help Martinez and perhaps get him to witness protection."

Several months later, the City Controller's office announced Stubbs had violated the city's residency rule for employees and had income he did not report to the city.

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