Club Soda Kenny is off the force. Sgt. John Feder, the former West Orange cop — who jokes about taboo topics in a raunchy comedy routine — has retired with full pension, payment for unused sick days, and vacation time, said his attorney Paul Bergrin. From The Star Ledger:
The retirement is part of an agreement between Feder and the township, which suspended the 25-year veteran in February after several town officials were mailed a DVD of his off-color stage act. In the act, performed at a Dec. 8 show at the Laugh Factory in Manhattan, Feder jokes about pedophilia, bestiality and other taboo topics.
For Feder, the settlement saves him from losing his badge and pension, a possible outcome if a court had found him guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer.
For the township, the settlement avoids a costly, drawn-out First Amendment battle in which free-speech advocates and defenders of decency were taking up sides.
Bergrin said his client will walk away with a cash payout of roughly $100,000 for unused sick and vacation days.