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Reporter Fired after Suing Sheriff

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Reporter Fired after Suing Sheriff

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A Las Vegas Sun reporter has been fired two weeks after she sued the county sheriff, claiming he urged her bosses to remove her from the police beat because of her unfavorable coverage.

Managing editor Michael Kelley said Cathy Scott was terminated on the grounds of "abandonment" after she failed to report for work last week at the end of a 90-day medical leave. Scott, who said she needed the leave because of job stress, retorted, "He told me he fired me because I was a biased reporter." She charged that the Sun "never backed (her) up" in her investigations of Sheriff Jerry Keller, whom she accused in a federal suit of violating her free-speech rights, disrupting her employment, causing her medical disability and damaging her reputation.

Scott, a Sun investigative reporter for five years, said in her suit that Keller and other cops complained so often about her reporting that Kelley pulled her off the beat last May and gave her 60-days probation, she charged. "There is not a shred of truth to her claim, not one iota," Kelley said. …

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