Supreme Court expands First Amendment protections for public employees

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [official website] unanimously Thursday in Lane v. Franks [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a public employee’s sworn testimony outside the scope of his ordinary job duties is entitled to First Amendment [text] protection. Edward Lane was fired from his job at Central Alabama Community College (CACC) after he determined that an elected official was on the payroll but was not doing any work and testified against her in the ensuing investigation. He sued CACC…


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