Rynearson v. Ferguson

Retired Air Force major opposes 2012 federal law said to authorize indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charges or trial, harangues his Bainbridge Island, Wash. neighbor for failing to publicly condemn the law. He creates a Facebook page to criticize (but not threaten) the neighbor. The neighbor (a local activist who founded memorial to Japanese-Americans from Bainbridge Island interned during WWII) sought and obtained state-court protection from the activity, which he deemed to be stalking and harassment. Ninth Circuit: The major’s First Amendment challenge to the state’s cyberstalking statute should not have been dismissed.

Tags: 2018, Citizenship, First Amendment, Ninth Circuit, Younger Abstention

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