Heffernan v. City of Paterson Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a case on whether city officials violated the free speech rights of… read more

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a case on whether city officials violated the free speech rights of a police officer who was demoted after his superiors assumed he supported a challenger in the local mayorial race. In 2006 Jeffrey Heffernan, a Paterson, New Jersey, detective, was demoted to beat cop the day after he was seen picking up a lawn sign for the challenger to the mayor. Mr. Heffernan did not support the other candidate but was picking up a sign for his bedridden mother. The court had ruled that the government cannot retaliate against employees like police officers for supporting a political candidate. The issue in this case was whether the First Amendment protects Mr. Heffernan, since he was not engaging in First Amendment speech or association, but just being a good son. close

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Program ID:
403396-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 23, 2016 | 1:01am EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Aug 09, 2016 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Jan 23, 2016 | 1:01am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 25, 2016 | 10:06pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 26, 2016 | 1:35am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 27, 2016 | 6:17pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 28, 2016 | 8:28am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 29, 2016 | 12:33pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 02, 2016 | 9:43pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 03, 2016 | 4:22am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 09, 2016 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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