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

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 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.

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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 23, 2016 | 6:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • 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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