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Supreme Court Could Reexamine the Scope of First Amendment Protection for Government Employees

[Update:  The Supreme Court denied cert in Bowie v. Maddox and Byrne v. Jackler on February 27, 2012. [PDF] (Hat Tip: SCOTUSblog)]

John Elwood reports at SCOTUSblog that the Supreme Court “appears to be holding Byrne v. Jackler, 11-517 . . . to consider it with Bowie v. Maddox, 11-670, in which the District of Columbia’s response is due January 30.” Continue reading

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“The D.C. Circuit did not use tweezers–it used a sledgehammer.”

Those words could describe more than one D.C. Circuit opinion, but they were used in a recent cert petition calling for resolution of a circuit split on whether a government employee fired for refusing to make a false statement in the course of his official duties has a cause of action under the First Amendment. Continue reading