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Alaska man loses free speech case in U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a claim of an Alaska man who said he was arrested as retaliation for exercising his free speech rights. The court said the police could arrest someone for probable cause free from threat of retaliatory claims. The court reversed a finding by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that probable cause did not rule out a claim of retaliatory arrest. (WRAL.com, May 28, 2019, by Ariane de Vogue and Devan Cole of CNN)

In writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts  established an exception to the no-probable-cause requirement writing that it is not applicable when there is objective evident of arrest when others not engaged in protected speech had not been. (Bloomberg News, May 28, 2019, by Jordan S. Rubin)

 

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