By Miki Mullor
US District Judge Marsha Pechman issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the city of Sammamish from deleting citizens’ comments on its Facebook page. The injunction was issued in the course of the First Amendment lawsuit filed against the city by three citizens.
“Plaintiffs have demonstrated the likelihood of success on the merits of their First Amendment claim [lawsuit],” Pechman wrote in her ruling. “Accordingly, the Court GRANTS the Motion [for a preliminary injunction] and hereby ENJOINS Defendants [the City and its communication manager, Celia Wu] from enforcing its rule prohibiting comments that are ‘not related to the particular article being commented’ for the pendency of this litigation.” (Capitalization in the source.)
By Miki Mullor
The City of Sammamish and its communications manager, Celia Wu, have been named defendants in a lawsuit in federal court alleging infringement of the First Amendment for ongoing censorship of protected speech on the city’s Facebook page.
The plaintiffs in the case, Sarah Hawes Kimesy, Tarul Kode Tripathi and Catherine Freudenberg, are asking the court for an injunction preventing the city from continuing to violate the Constitution and an award of damages, including punitive damages.
A hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for October 22 in front of Federal Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle. (update: the hearing has been rescheduled to November 5)
The Sammamish Comment will provide a special coverage for this development story.
By Miki Mullor
The Sammamish Comment celebrates the publication of “Air Wars: The Global Combat Between Airbus and Boeing ” by Scott Hamilton, the Comment’s founder. In his professional life, Hamilton is a recognized expert in the commercial aviation industry, covering the industry as journalist since 1985.
Air Wars is a story about the intense and often bitter rivalry between Airbus and Boeing. It’s also about John Leahy, the legendary head of commercial sales at Airbus, whose team booked 15,000 net orders worth $2 trillion in 23 years, and the strategies by Airbus and Boeing that changed aviation as we know it.
The book is available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.
It was May 2018 when I joined the Sammamish Comment as a deputy editor. This came almost a year after I uncovered the City’s wrongdoing on traffic concurrency and independently went public with it. Later that year, in December 2018, I took the reins from Scott Hamilton, who founded The Comment and made it the only media outlet covering city hall and city politics. The Comment informed and it was a watchdog of the city government.
Hamilton is a professional journalist and a phenomenal writer. He also had years of experience in city hall politics as a former member of the Planning Commission, Planning Advisory Board and a highly involved volunteer in our city’s history.
The shoes were big to fill.