UPDATE: Story now trending on Yahoo, See the video story HERE!
By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website
Just over a week ago, the Backgate broke the story of a then Huntsville unit Sergeant who was terminated after unit officials found him to be "friended" on facebook by a current inmate. That inmate was a friend long before incarceration. Heath Lara, the Sergeant in question did a little investigating of his own and found several other staff members on the same inmate's facebook friends list. Including TDCJ CFO Jerry McGinty.
Lara was then of course re-instated during mediation, undoubtedly to avoid having to recruit a new TDCJ CFO. The story was picked up by The Houston Press, the Associated Press, and the Austin American Statesman among others. Many others out there have not been as lucky. They are still unemployed after run ins dealing with social media issues and free speech. I suspect many of them may just have a valid suit to file against the TDCJ after the latest issues. You can see the Statesman story HERE. And also the Associated Press article HERE. Keep the stories coming. Check out our story that started it all from back in April HERE.Or our breaking story from last week that lead to it all HERE.