BREAKING NEWS: Judge orders the city to stop censoring citizens on its Facebook page 

By Miki Mullor
Editor

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.) 

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City sued for censoring residents on its Facebook page 

By Miki Mullor
Editor

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.

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