Settlement Terms Released for 2020 RPD Violations of 1st Amendment Rights of Protestors at Lee Circle on June 1, 2020.

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Transparency – Part of the terms of the Settlement! City of Richmond to donate June 1, 2020 protest materials to Library of Virginia for public access. (Links below!!!) Public can also contribute materials from June 1 protest to the archive. A settlement brokered by Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C., a civil rights law firm […]

Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July! Musing of Tom Roberts, a civil rights attorney in Richmond Virginia. Sometime over the 4 day weekend, amidst cookouts, beer and fireworks, you might ask, “So what actually happened on July 4, 1776 – ‘Independence Day’?” We celebrate the 4th of July, because on July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress […]

1st Amendment Retaliation Claims in the 4th Circuit

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Your right to speak freely – to criticize the government and government officials! The First Amendment guarantees an individual the right to speak freely, including the right to criticize the government and government officials. To protect that right, public officials are prohibited from retaliating against individuals who criticize them. Fear of retaliation may chill an […]

2-5-2020 – Law Enforcement Officer Cannot Lawfully Retaliate For First Amendment Speech By Attempting to Induce Another Officer To Issue a Traffic Citation

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2-5-2020 – The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC. achieved another victory for the First Amendment with a federal opinion establishing that a law enforcement officer cannot lawfully retaliate against a citizen for criticisms and Facebook posts by attempting to induce another officer to issue a traffic citation.   In a decision […]

1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

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12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER” BY STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT. In a sharply worded opinion issued on 12-15-2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared […]

Prior Restraint of Speech – First Amendment Violations

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RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM PRIOR RESTRAINT AND CENSORSHIP IN VIRGINIA You Can Help Defray the Legal Fees of Cox and Karn – To Help In This Battle The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C., an affiliate law firm of Freedom Works Foundation, is proud to stand against prior restraints and censorship […]