2014-06-19T173428Z_1_LYNXMPEA5I0U4_RTROPTP_2_USA-COURT-ARGENTINA

Supreme Court extends speech protections for public employees

A network television news camera sits ready outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonThe Supreme Court on Thursday broadened free-speech protections for public-sector employees when they testify at trials, a decision that could give more rights to public workers who assist in government corruption cases. In a 9-0 vote, the court sided with Edward Lane, a former director of a government-backed community education organization in Alabama, who said he was fired from his job after testifying against a former state legislator at two criminal trials. In a decision written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the high court said that Lane’s testimony was protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Sotomayor wrote that “there is considerable value… in encouraging, rather than inhibiting, speech by public employees.” The National Whistleblowers Center praised the decision for “giving a green light” to public employees to help expose political corruption and fraud.

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