Brief Fact Summary. The Petitioner, Paul (Petitioner), as the police chief, issued a bulletin to area storeowners warning of persons known to be shoplifters. The Respondent, Davis (Respondent), was on that list. He claims his reputation was injured by this action.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Reputation alone, apart from some more tangible interests such as employment is neither liberty nor property for Due Process purposes.
Issue. Did the Petitioner deprive the Respondent of his liberties by designating him as an “active shoplifter”?
Held. No. Kentucky law does not extend to the Respondent any legal guarantee or present enjoyment of reputation which has been altered as a result of the Petitioner’s actions. The Respondent was not deprived of any liberty or property interests protected by the Due Process Clause.
That liberty is not offended by dismissal from employment itself, but instead by dismissal based upon an unsupported charge which could wrongfully injure the reputation of an employee.View Full Point of Law