Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
United Public Workers v. Mitchell
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Poole and other federal civil service employees (Plaintiffs) seek a declaratory judgment that the Hatch Act violates the First Amendment by prohibiting them from participating in political campaigns. Poole violated the Hatch Act by engaging in political activity, and there is a proposed order for his removal from his position. The other plaintiffs have not yet violated the Hatch Act, but claim that they wish to do so by serving as party officials or writing articles in support of candidates, for example. The United States District court for the District of Columbia dismissed Plaintiffs’ complaint and granted summary judgment for Defendants.
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