Deputy Blake Butler of Billings was allegedly fired for willfully disobeying orders and demonstrating a gross inefficiency in the performance of his official duties when he refused to file a report detailing a rumor about a relationship between two Park County jail employees.
Butler successfully defended this claim in January, when a District Court awarded him roughly $96,000 in damages and reinstated him at his former job. The Park County Sheriff's Department filed the appeal with the State's Supreme Court.
Lawyers representing the County believed that the previous trial should be thrown out for using evidence deemed inadmissible that made the Sheriff's Department look disingenuous, according to the Associated Press.
Blatter's attorneys insist that the Sheriff's department had other reasons for firing their client, including a 2007 instance involving an incident report that the Deputy had expressed concerns about filing.