MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The head of a Wisconsin legal group said veterans scored a major victory Wednesday, when a jury ordered the FBI to let a disabled Army Ranger train to be a special agent.
A federal jury in Virginia ruled that the FBI never gave Oak Creek native Justin Slaby a chance to prove he could meet the agency’s standards for handling a gun with his prosthetic hand.
Slaby lost his left hand in 2004 in an Army training mishap.
Jeffrey Hynes of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association said Slaby’s case will most likely help similar veterans who face employment barriers when they return home from service.
The FBI has not said whether it would appeal the jury’s verdict. If it does, Slaby says he’s confident he’ll prevail.
Meanwhile, the case still leaves Milwaukee’s top FBI agent in limbo. Media reports said Teresa Carlson was temporarily reassigned to Washington, after she told agent Mark Crider to change his testimony in support of Slaby and, “come down on the side of the government.”
Carlson also reportedly said FBI headquarters was not happy that the Milwaukee office endorsed Slaby’s application as an agent.
Carlson was subpoenaed to explain the remarks in court, but she invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. She is now under a criminal investigation.