DAHLIA vs RODRIGUEZ | Constitution taken off Life Support and moved to Intensive Care in the 9th Circuit - Excellent First Amendment ruling for whistleblowers

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DAHLIA vs RODRIGUEZ | Constitution taken off Life Support and moved to Intensive Care in the 9th Circuit – Excellent First Amendment ruling for whistleblowers

DAHLIA vs RODRIGUEZ | Constitution taken off Life Support and moved to Intensive Care in the 9th Circuit – Excellent First Amendment ruling for whistleblowers

Public Citizen-

About a year ago, Public Citizen petitioned for rehearing in a case in which a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a First Amendment retaliation claim brought by a police officer who courageously spoke out after he witnessed the abuse of suspects within his department. In a welcome development this week, the Ninth Circuit, having agreed to rehear the case, ordered the claim reinstated in a thorough and thoughtful opinion that not only gets the law right but lays out helpful guideposts for future whistleblower claims under the First Amendment.

In particular, the court noted that an employee’s speech is likely to be protected where he has gone outside the chain of command, violated orders from his superiors in speaking, or is discussing “broad concerns about corruption or systemic abuse” (as opposed to making a “routine report”).

The court also overruled a previous decision that had practically foreclosed, as a categorical matter, a First Amendment retaliation claim brought by any California police officer.

[PUBIC CITIZEN]

FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

ANGELO DAHLIA,
Plaintiff-Appellant,

v.

OMAR RODRIGUEZ, individually and
as a Lieutenant of the Burbank
Police Department; EDGAR
PENARANDA, individually and as a
Sergeant of the Burbank Police
Department; CITY OF BURBANK, a
municipal corporation; JOHN
MURPHY, individually and as a
Lieutenant of the Burbank Police
Department,
Defendants-Appellees,

and

TIM STEHR, individually,
Defendant.

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