In Lindke v. Freed, will the Supreme Court rule that City Manager James Freed violated Kevin Lindke's First Amendment rights by blocking Lindke on his Facebook page?
Closing Jul 01, 2024 07:01AM UTC
James Freed, a city manager in Port Huron, MI, blocked Lindke from his Facebook page after Lindke posted disapproving comments about policy decisions [by Freed], and Lindke sued (Oyez). After both the district court and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for Freed, Lindke appealed to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case (ABA Journal, SCOTUSblog). The outcome of O'Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier, a similar case with oral arguments scheduled for the same day as Lindke v. Freed, is immaterial (Supreme Court - Argument Calendar). The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in its 2023 term, but if it does not, the question will close as "No." If the Court decides this case without addressing this question's particular issue of law, the question will close as "No."