Jury rules in favor of ERJ officials

September 11, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A jury deliberated about 6 1/2 hours Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning before finding the administrator and a shift supervisor at Eastern Regional Jail had not discriminated against a correctional officer who was fired three years ago.

Myron Logan had sued jail administrator Jerry Detrick and the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, claiming that he was subjected to racial harassment that created a hostile environment. Shift supervisor John Ward was named in the suit for allegedly aiding and abetting in the discrimination against Logan.

Logan, an African-American, also claimed that race was the motivating factor in his firing. According to his attorney, Harley O. Staggers Jr., Logan now works as a correctional officer in Virginia, but is still a resident of Berkeley County.


"The jail authority maintained that Mr. Logan was terminated for his own actions and not because of discrimination," said defense attorney Charles Printz Jr.

Logan was stopped in Hagerstown on Feb. 16, 1994, for going the wrong way on a one-way street, according to court records. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and on April 21 was given probation before judgement.

According to the suit he filed last year, Logan completed the terms of his plea agreement and the judgement was never entered against him. On May 5 he filed an incident report with the jail about his arrest.

Staggers said Tuesday the investigation conducted the day after the incident report was filed was inadequate. Logan was fired May 23, 1994, with the jail claiming he filed the report late, incorrectly reported he was arrested on April 21, that his conduct was a discredit to his profession and that he violated a federal, state or local law.

Staggers said after the jury began its deliberations that there were instances of white employees who had similar arrests who did not file incident reports and were not disciplined or fired.

"We tried to show that white employees were treated more favorably," Staggers said.

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