Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Connick v. Myers
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The Respondent was employed as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in New Orleans, serving under the Petitioner, Harry Connick (Petitioner), the elected District Attorney. In 1980, the Respondent was informed that she would be transferred to another section of the criminal court, but she did not accept the transfer. Instead, the Respondent conferred with another ADA and of her own accord, composed a questionnaire, which solicited the views of her fellow staff members. After she began distributing the survey, the Petitioner returned to the office, where he told the Respondent that she was being terminated due to her refusal to accept the transfer and the act of insubordination caused by her questionnaire. Respondent brought suit in the Eastern District of Louisiana, contending that she was terminated due to her exercise of free speech. The District Court agreed and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirmed. The Petitioner brought his Petition to the Supreme Court of the Unit ed States (Supreme Court) and was granted certiorari.
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