What Justice Professionals Need to Know about Garrity: Myths and Realities

July 18, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

In public sector disciplinary investigations whether of a personnel nature, potential crime or both probably no subject has more myths and misunderstandings than the interplay between the Fifth Amendment, criminal law and personnel law that has evolved from the United States Supreme Court decision of Garrity v. New Jersey. In this webinar, we are going to explore the constitutional background of the topic, the facts of the controlling case law and the legal and practical implications for public sector employers, employees, their attorneys, and unions. We will cover so-called Garrity Warnings when they are used, when they are not needed and the implications for public sector misconduct investigations of employees.


Richard Hodsdon has been an attorney for more than 40 years and for his entire career has been involved in civil and criminal matters concerning corrections, criminal prosecution and law enforcement operations. He has over 30 years of experience dealing with management and personnel issues including employment law. Rick currently is an assistant county attorney in Stillwater, MN where his duties include representation of the county and criminal justice agencies. He has trained thousands of government staff on civil litigation, criminal law and personnel issues. Rick has also served as counsel to the Minnesota Sheriffs Association for over 30 years.

Rick’s career includes 8 years with the MN attorney general’s office and a year in private practice defending government officials in civil litigation. Rick and has served as an instructor for NIC, the AELE and School of Police Staff and Command on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books and in addition to his law degree has a Masters in public administration.