Federal court orders reinstatement of fired Capitol Police officer

A federal court has ordered the Capitol Police to comply with an arbitration decision to reinstate an officer terminated for misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A federal court has ordered the Capitol Police to comply with an arbitration decision to reinstate an officer fired for misconduct, supporting an earlier ruling made by the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a judgement Friday in a case that’s been underway for more than five years. The officer in question, Private First Class Andrew Ricken, was fired in June 2013. The court rejected a petition from Capitol Police to review a decision by the OCWR (previously the Office of Compliance) that upheld an arbitration decision that would allow him to return to work.

Hurd Defends District Lines in Court
Congressman says more districts should be like his

Rep. Will Hurd's district could be redrawn if federal judges rule its boundary lines violate the Voting Rights Act. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. William Hurd said more districts should be drawn like his, defending Texas’ 23rd Congressional District ahead of a federal court decision on alleged racial gerrymandering that could impact the 2018 midterm elections.

“My district is competitive, and that’s a good thing...because it forces people to talk to a broader sense of the community,” Hurd said Saturday as the closing witness in a trial over whether the district lines should be redrawn.

Capitol Ink | Courtesy Meet and Greet
Stonewalling Republicans Reach Out To Judge Garland

Stonewalling Republicans Reach Out to Judge Garland

Capitol Ink | Invisible Man
Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland at the Capitol

Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland at the Capitol

Office Space: Judge Ted Poe's Texas Shrine (Video)

Republican Rep. Ted Poe kicks off the return of Roll Call’s “Office Space” series this week by showing off his love of Texas history, his admiration for The Lone Ranger and a giant toothbrush bearing his name.