There is a bit of a buzz in the press over the last few days about a First Amendment case out of the Eastern District of Virginia. The case is Bland v. Roberts and it involves, among other questions, whether liking someone on Facebook constitutes an expression covered by the First Amendment. The case involves six plaintiffs who were fired by Sheriff B.J. Roberts after he had won reelection. The six had supported in various ways Roberts’ opponent, Jim Adams. Two of the plaintiffs had liked Adams’ page on Facebook. Roberts explained the firings based on reductions in personnel and other reasons.
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