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Chaklos v. Stevens, 07-3444

In a First Amendment free speech action, district court's grant of summary judgment is affirmed where defendants are entitled to qualified immunity because the law does not make clear that their action against plaintiffs was unconstitutional, as plaintiffs' letter addressed a matter of public concern but it was not obvious whether their interest in making such speech outweighed defendants' interest in efficient service.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/30/2009
  • Published 03/30/2009


  • WILLIAMS, Circuit Judge., Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and ROVNER and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • John A. Baker (argued), Baker, Baker & Krajewski, Springfield, IL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Carl Elitz (argued), Office of the Attorney General, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.
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