- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An appeals court has ruled that a former Alabama college official can continue his fight to get his job back.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Edward Lane can sue the former president of Central Alabama Community College in his official capacity. Lane’s suit contends the president terminated him from a program for at-risk youth in 2009 because he testified against former state Rep. Sue Schmitz in court. Lane is seeking his job back.

The case got before the appeals court because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier that Lane’s whistleblower testimony in court was protected by the First Amendment.

The case now goes to a federal district judge to review Lane’s claim and determine whether he will get a state job back.

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