Fired in recent days as executive director of the California State Bar, former Orange County state Senator Joe Dunn has filed a lawsuit claiming his ouster was retaliation for his whistle-blower revelations concerning "egregious improprieties" within the organization, the Los Angeles Times is reporting tonight.
Dunn, who has run the organization for four years, claims in his Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that prior to his Nov. 7 termination he'd complained about "ethical breaches, prosecutorial lapses and fiscal improprieties" involving State Bar President Craig Holden and Jayne Kim, the bar's chief trial counsel, according to Times reporter Maura Dolan and Maria Denzio at Courthouse News Service.
The gregarious, sharp-witted, Minnesota native represented central Orange County from 1998 to 2006, and won national acclaim for leading the state senate's investigation into Enron's nefarious role in the 2000-2001 energy crisis. Though decidedly progressive in political stances, Dunn enjoyed friendly working relationships with conservative Republicans. A 2003 OC Weekly profile noted his "hardcore, unapologetic Democrat" public image that included an eagerness to discuss class-warfare issues.More »