1st Amendment Can't Help Whistleblowing Principal: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (February 1, 2013, 3:21 PM EST) -- An Illinois school district didn't violate the First Amendment rights of a middle school principal by firing her after she exposed official misconduct, the Seventh Circuit said Thursday.

The appeals court said former principal Julie McArdle wasn't shielded by the Constitution because her criticism — she exposed misuse of school money by her predecessor — was made in her capacity as a public employee, not a private citizen.

McArdle tried to convince the appeals court that unearthing the misconduct was not part of her job description,...
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