CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Public Defender's Office is disputing claims by an attorney who says he was fired because he ended a relationship with the office's director years earlier.
Dion Custis filed a lawsuit in September that said Wyoming State Public Defender Diane Lozano had told Custis she would "get him back" for ending their relationship in 1997. He says her office fired him in 2011 for no reason and hadn't given him proper raises.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that in a response filed in federal court, Lozano's office said Custis testified during a Wyoming State Bar hearing that he was fired for ethical violations for which the Wyoming Supreme Court later censured him.
Lozano's office also says Custis was an at-will employee who could be fired for no reason.