3rd Circ. Nixes NJ Cop's Free Speech Retaliation Suit

By Matt Fair (January 22, 2015, 5:46 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit handed down a precedential ruling Thursday finding that a police officer's testimony disavowing his involvement with the campaign of a Paterson, New Jersey, mayoral hopeful barred him from claiming he'd been demoted in violation of his First Amendment rights after he was seen associating with a staffer for the candidate.

The appeals court ruled that Jeffrey Heffernan could not successfully claim that his demotion had come in retaliation for the exercise of his free speech and free association rights after he testified that he had not done anything to support Lawrence Spagnola's mayoral aspirations by picking up a...

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