What Happens in Vegas, Stays In Vegas: GSA Official Invokes Right To Remain Silent in Congressional Hearing

This is not exactly the picture you want public when you are invoking your Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination. The picture shows General Services Administration official Jeff Neely enjoying a spa tub and wine as part of the $822,000 Las Vegas conference that is now the subject of a congressional investigation, as previously discussed. Neely, the GSA’s Public Buildings Service regional commissioner, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in a hearing. His seat remained vacant at the hearing after his invocation.

The refusal to testify raises in interesting question of whether an official (who must routinely appear before Congress or its members) should be fired for invoking a constitutional right. Neely still remains employed (though under suspension) by the federal government but has refused to answer questions from the federal government. He however is facing both a congressional and possible criminal investigation. There is no question that as a potential criminal defendant he would be unwise to testify without immunity. Yet, should that be grounds for his termination? We generally do not allow federal employees to be punished for the use or invocation of their constitutional rights. What do you think?

Source: Politico

49 thoughts on “What Happens in Vegas, Stays In Vegas: GSA Official Invokes Right To Remain Silent in Congressional Hearing”

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  3. News Alert
    from The Wall Street Journal

    The two Secret Service supervisors involved in alleged prostitution at a Colombian hotel are leaving the agency, the first casualties of the scandal.

    The agency said Wednesday it planned to fire one supervisor for cause,
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    A young group of four officers embark on a weekenc trip to Vegas. The impulse came from betweeb their legs, inspired by an article in Playboy, about an open to public nudist site with lots of tanning show girls.

    Well other than being off with a fiver, this was years ago, and gaining a controlled boner, there was little else done. Oh, the girls might have been amused by us, we were a laugh pretending to ignore them. We were officers and gentlemen, although we actually did not have that consideration in mind.

    On the way back, Phoenix produced the jackpot with two girls in a car. Being a loner, I took the girl in their car, and the others departed in my car.
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    The oddity: the bingo girl and I wrote letters for a while. I couldn’t help her honest appeals, so that stopped shortly.

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    B: “What? ´What did you do?”
    A: “I held his money bags. I could lift 250 pounds in those days.”

  7. I think it would be safe to say that he could be fired for his work and not his unwillingness to testify. I’m not a lawyer, but I think the argument that his termination was based on other factors and not his unwillingness to testify would be an easy target to hit.

    But, then again, I’m certainly no lawyer.

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