Presidentialfiring of border official upheld

Published on Thu, Nov 1, 2007
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Presidential firing of border official upheld

Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, ruled that President Bush acted within his authority when he fired International Boundary Commissioner Dennis Schornak on July 10, 2007.

This happened shortly after Schornak demanded that Herb and Shirley Leu of Blaine tear down a concrete retaining wall in their yard on 99th Avenue that sits on the international border.

“Schornak was very rude,” said Shirley Leu, “walking across the neighbor’s lawn and yelling at us like that. I’m sorry he lost his job but that’s no way to treat people.”

At issue is Leu’s four-foot high retaining wall that the International Boundary Commission says is too close to the international line by about two feet.

The Pacific Legal Foundation of Bellevue has taken on the Leu’s case and is currently representing them in federal court where they’re suing the boundary commission to be able to keep their wall and finish their yard.