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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Supreme Court shielded public employees from being punished or fired if they testify in court against their superiors, ruling Thursday that the First Amendment protects those who tell the truth and reveal corruption. Such testimony is "speech as a citizen for 1st Amendment purposes" and deserves to be protected, the court said in a 9-0 decision.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor said public employees who are called to testify in a corruption probe have an "independent obligation" to tell the truth, which "sets it apart" from speaking out about a workplace dispute. Denying 1st Amendment protection "would place public employees who witness corruption in an impossible position, torn between the obligation to testify truthfully and the desire to avoid retaliation and keep their jobs," she said.

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-Denying 1st Amendment protection "would place public employees who witness corruption in an impossible position, torn between the obligation to testify truthfully and the desire to avoid retaliation and keep their jobs," she said.

Good luck to them on that even with the ruling. Recent events have shown that irregardless of court rulings, you have to have a justice department willing to enforce or follow it.

#1 | Posted by daniel_3 at 2014-06-19 12:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

"irregardless"

One of my biggest pet peeves.

#2 | Posted by CaseyJones at 2014-06-20 12:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"irregardless"

It was "probally" just an accident.

#3 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-06-20 03:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

An unprecedented 9-0 vote, finally they got one right.

#4 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-20 04:54 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Of course you can throw that ruling out if there is "secrets" of state involved.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-20 05:23 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

#3 | Posted by LEgregius
"It was "probally" just an accident."

An "egregius" accident, at that.

#6 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-06-21 11:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

WOW, 9 - 0

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-22 12:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

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