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CASE ENTRY

Tschida v. Motl

If you file an ethics complaint against a public official in Montana, you’re prohibited from disclosing the complaint until the Commission on Political Practices makes a decision on whether to pursue it. You can disclose the fact that you filed a complaint and all the facts in the complaint—just not the complaint itself. Ninth Circuit: Well, that sounds like the law accomplishes nothing, which is generally not a sufficient reason to ban speech.


Tags: 2019, First Amendment, Free Speech, Ninth Circuit

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