First Amendment Clinic wins free speech protections against online censorship


The First Amendment Clinic has settled its case involving online censorship by a public official. In Bohanan v. Robinson, a county commissioner blocked a county resident's access to his interactive Facebook page that he used to communicate with the public about his official activities after she criticized his response to constituent concerns. The settlement includes significant protections from online censorship for the county resident and other members of the public, as well as damages, including attorneys' fees. Third-year student Anish Patel and second-year students Mark L. Bailey and Davis M. Wright as well as First Amendment Clinic Legal Fellow Samantha Hamilton helped litigatecase, under the supervision of clinic Director Clare R. Norins.

The settlement was covered by the Douglas County Sentinel in the article titled "Robinson settles federal lawsuit over Facebook page" that was written by Michael O'Hearn and published 12/7/20. Read the article