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Ex-officer appeals firing over photos

Jan 16, 2014

NORTH LIBERTY (AP) — An officer whose firing triggered a large investigation into computer misuse at an Iowa prison says he’s fighting for his job back.

John Powers was fired Sept. 30 from the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville for using Photoshop to make a “huge volume” of parody photos featuring mental health patients he guarded and co-workers.

Powers told The Associated Press on Thursday the images were a good-natured effort to bring humor to a dreary environment, but admits the practice “got out of hand.” He worked at a psychiatric hospital inside the prison for mentally ill offenders.

Powers says his firing was unjust because supervisors were long aware of the photos. He’s appealing through arbitration.

The investigation prompted a 10-day suspension of another officer who made similar images of workers.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 16, 2014 22:08

House Speaker Boehner’s photo post  has a picture of President Obama with an overlaid caption: “President Obama Has His Pen And His Phone.” A cartoon pen and phone have been Photoshopped into the image. On the other side is a picture of Boehner himself holding what appears to be some pocket version of the Constitution, with an overlaid caption that reads “We Have The Constitution” (“We” evidently means either Congress or all of America.)

Both pictures are accompanied by a comment from Boehner: “President Obama says he has a pen and a phone he can use to bypass Congress. Pens and phones are nice, but we have the Constitution…”

By late Thursday afternoon, the post had garnered nearly 3,000 comments. And nearly all of them said things like this:

  • What’s taking so long for YOU to do SOMETHING!? Appoint a special committee to investigate Benghazi, already! Impeach Eric Holder for lying to congress about Fast and Furious. And, prosecute those responsible for using the IRS to harass American citizens, all the way up to and including those in, the White House.

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