United States Ninth Circuit

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Barone v. City of Springfield, 17-35355

Reinstated a police department community service officer's claim that she was subjected to an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech after she made certain public comments that displeased the police chief. The officer argued that the chief could not constitutionally require her to sign a last-chance agreement that barred her from saying or writing anything negative about the police department or the city, even as a private citizen. Agreeing with her, the Ninth Circuit reversed summary judgment in relevant part and remanded for further proceedings on her First Amendment prior restraint claim.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/09/05


  • Smith


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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