Thursday, September 30, 2010

Brody's Notes... Michigan Attorney General Calls Assistant's Actions Bullying- Declines To Fire Him

From Anderson Cooper 360 On CNN:

Cooper reports that Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox defended an assistant's constitutional right to wage an Internet campaign against an openly gay college student, even though he considers that employee a "bully."
"Here in America, we have this thing called the First Amendment, which allows people to express what they think and engage in political and social speech," Cox told Anderson Cooper on CNN's "AC 360" on Wednesday night. "He's clearly a bully ... but is that protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution? Yes.  Mr. [Andrew] Shirvell is sort of a frontline grunt assistant prosecutor in my office," Cox said. "He does satisfactory work and off-hours, he's free to engage under both our civil service rules, Michigan Supreme Court rulings and the United States Supreme Court rule."


Trab said...

The Free Speech provisions are a double edged sword, as it was intended to give the people a voice. The problem is, it was intended in the day and age when your speech would be personally disseminated, never anticipating mass media distribution could sweep the words worldwide without someone else having recourse to the same distribution system.