- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A state appeals court has reversed the dismissal of a state police sergeant who attended law school while on medical leave.

The panel cited questions about the timeliness of the charges brought against Scott Turner. It referred the matter to the state’s Administrative Law office as a “contested case.”

If an administrative law judge upholds the firing, the Attorney General’s Office would then make a final decision in the matter.

Turner was on medical leave in 2008 when a trooper with an internal affairs unit found Turner wasn’t home. Division policies require troopers using sick time to remain home or at a “place of recovery” during business hours.

Turner’s supervisors said he didn’t have permission to enroll in school while on leave.

But Turner claimed he told them of his plans and claimed he was being targeted as a whistleblower.

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