Pittsburgh Newspaper Can't Get Quick 1st Amendment Appeal

By Melissa Angell (September 14, 2021, 11:01 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to fast-track its appeal of his decision denying the newspaper's motion to dismiss a Black reporter's racial bias and retaliation lawsuit, finding that the paper fell short of meeting the criteria needed for an interlocutory appeal.

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan denied PG Publishing Co.'s bid to immediately go to the Third Circuit for a ruling on whether the First Amendment protected it from liability when it refused to let former Post-Gazette reporter Alexis D. Johnson cover Black Lives Matter protests because of a tweet. PG Publishing...

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