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ROBERT I. WRIGHT v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (08/15/79)

decided: August 15, 1979.

ROBERT I. WRIGHT, PETITIONER
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW, RESPONDENT



Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in case of In Re: Claim of Robert I. Wright, No. B-133574.

COUNSEL

John McCrea, III, with him McCrea & McCrea, for petitioner.

Daniel R. Schuckers, Assistant Attorney General, with him Gerald Gornish, Attorney General, for respondent.

Judges Rogers, DiSalle and Craig, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge DiSalle.

Author: Disalle

[ 45 Pa. Commw. Page 118]

This is an appeal by Robert I. Wright (Claimant) from a denial of unemployment compensation pursuant to Section 402(e) of the Unemployment Compensation Law (Act), Act of December 5, 1936, Second Ex. Sess., P.L. (1937) 2897, as amended, 43 P.S. ยง 802(e), the willful misconduct section.

Claimant worked for the Franklin County Prison (Employer) as a guard for approximately four years, until his discharge on December 19, 1975. During his

[ 45 Pa. Commw. Page 119]

    tenure there, an inmate escaped, and later killed a policeman. Claimant sent the following letter to a local newspaper, criticizing the Franklin County Prison Board and the warden:

An open letter to the citizens of Franklin County:

Once again you have been taken and this time it resulted in the loss of a human life.

What does it take to wake you up?

To be very brief and to the point, it's a sorry bunch of politicians we have when they place the value of ...


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