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CASE ENTRY

Seals v. McBee

Allegation: Man who feels he’s being wrongly arrested threatens “to make lawful complaints” about Tangipahoa Parish, La. officers. He’s charged with threatening, intimidating the officers. Charges dismissed before trial. Fifth Circuit: A state law that criminalizes threatening public employees—including threats to take lawful actions like calling the media or suing an officer—is unconstitutionally overbroad. Five judges, dissenting from denial of en banc review: The charges were dismissed; he doesn’t have standing to challenge the law.


Tags: 2018, En Banc, Fifth Circuit, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Standing

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