Firefighters Don't Have to Forfeit Free Speech

Stittleburg, Philip
January 2007
Fire Chief;Jan2007, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p20
Trade Publication
The article discusses the case of Thomas Habel, David Herczeg, Kenneth Meerschaert, and Geoffrey Smith vs. Macomb Township. In this case, four Macomb Township Department firefighters brought suits against the department and the township claiming that these had violated the firefighters' First Amendment rights. The defendants denied the allegation of plaintiffs, because they claimed that the plaintiff's speech was not of matter public concern. In the end, the court favored the plaintiff.


Related Articles

  • Judge Grants Peace Activists Access to Atlanta Schools. Rodman, Blake // Education Week;9/10/1986, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p10 

    The article reports on the decision of a federal district judge stating that public schools violated the constitutional rights of a group of peace activists by refusing them access to the 22 high schools in Atlanta, Georgia. According to U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob, the activists' First...

  • Bloggers and Their First Amendment Protection. Kirtley, Jane F. // Nieman Reports;Fall2003, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p95 

    Emphasizes people in the United States who write Weblogs are protected by the Constitution's guarantee of freedom of speech. Citation of U.S. Supreme Court ruling which provide protection to Webloggers; Explanation that a Webloggers does not have to be a journalist to be protected from his...

  • W.Va. Student's Free Speech Discussed in 4th Circuit Opinion. LANNOM, ANDREA // State Journal (WV);8/5/2011, Vol. 27 Issue 30, p18 

    The article reports on the ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that a free speech rights of West Virginia senior student, Kara Kowalski, were not violated after the Musselman High School suspended her for a Myspace group that focused on harassing a fellow classmate.

  • E-mails constitute trespassing: Court. Greenwald, Judy // Business Insurance;12/24/2001, Vol. 35 Issue 52, p2 

    Reports on the court decision regarding unauthorized use of a company's electronic mail system in California. Details on the case; Reference to the logical application of the trespass to chattels; Issue on the violation to the right to free speech.

  • Media gets that little bit freer in CoA ruling.  // Lawyer;2/7/2011, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p6 

    The article offers information on the judgment of justice Tugendhat J. over the conflict of freedom of speech and right to privacy.

  • Court Distinguishes Between Threats, Free Speech. Walsh, Mark // Education Week;05/23/2001, Vol. 20 Issue 37, p3 

    Reports the distinguishing rule of the court between threats of violence and free speech in schools in the United States. Judgement over the an essay on teacher beheading; Justification court on the machete creative writing; Role of schools in student conduct shaping.

  • A federal judge has ruled that a suburban Chicago school district can bar students from distributing religious materials in schools if other students believe the school is advocating that religion.  // Education Week;10/30/1991, Vol. 11 Issue 9, p3 

    The article reports on the ruling of U.S. District Judge Paul Plunkett that the Wauconda district's restriction on the students' exercise of free speech were reasonable in Chicago. Illinois. School officials stopped Megan Hedges from distributing copies of the conservative Christian newspaper...

  • Your Facebook likes are now free speech. MCGARRY, CAITLIN // PCWorld;Nov2013, Vol. 31 Issue 11, p21 

    The article reports on the decision of an appeals court against the sheriff of Hampton, Virginia who fired his employees for liking his electoral challenger's page on social media web site Facebook. It cites U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler who said liking a candidate's Facebook page is held...

  • One Nation Under Judges. Will, George F. // Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);7/8/2002 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 140 Issue 2, p13 

    Comments on the role of judges in governance of the United States as of July 2002. Mention of controversial court decisions; Discussion of restrictions in Minnesota that violate the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech; Topic of the election of judges and restrictions on the speech of...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics