Reading the Chicago Tribune today, I discovered a sheriff had fired a deputy for liking an opposition candidate on Facebook.
“It is the internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech,” wrote Justice William Traxler.
That was in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This is a Federal Appeals Court decision out of the 4th Circuit.
To the best of my knowledge, McHenry County Sheriff has not fired deputies who like the Facebook page of Bill Prim or Jim Harrison.
The Virginia sheriff whose 2009 firing decisions (three out of six) got overturned was Hampton Sheriff R.J. Roberts, who beat the opponent the deputies “liked,” Jim Adams.
One wonders if there is any punishment given to supporters of Prim or Harrison, not to mention whether there are inducements to deputies to support Nygren favorite Andy Zinke.
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