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United States Seventh Circuit

Moss v. Martin, 05-3689

Judgment for defendants on the pleadings in an action alleging that plaintiff's termination from the Illinois Department of Transportation violated his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights is affirmed where plaintiff's due process rights were not violated since the employment manual did not give rise to a legitimate expectation of continued employment that would create a property interest in the position, but reversed where there was not enough evidence to conclude that political loyalty was a valid qualification for plaintiff's position.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/09/2006
  • Decided 01/03/2007
  • Published 01/03/2007


  • BAUER, Circuit Judge., Before BAUER, POSNER, and FLAUM, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • John E. Kerley (argued), Kerley & Associates, Springfield, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Erik G. Light, Gary S. Feinerman (argued), Office of the Attorney General, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.
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