Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Interesting First Amendment case being argued this week before U.S. Supreme Court

Here, Nat Garrett of SCOTUSBlog previews the upcoming argument before the Supreme Court in the case of Garcetti v. Ceballos, where an L.A. prosecutor under the notorious Gil Garcetti was retaliated against for telling defense counsel that there was a problem with a warrant obtained by the sheriff's department.

The District Court entered summary judgment for the defendants, because the alleged speech was part of the plaintiff's job duties. The Ninth Circuit panel in an opinion by Judge Reinhardt reversed, concluding that it was a matter of public concern, even if it was job-required speech.

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