AG McCollum Issues Statement on Issue Related to Free Speech, Tea Party

By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

An update on an earlier story, where the Live Oak assistant state attorney, KrisAnne Hall, was fired after she refused to stop speaking to tea party rallies and other groups – http://www.orlandopoliticalpress.com/2010/05/26/live-oak-prosecutor-fired-for-speaking-to-tea-party-others/
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Attorney General Bill McCollum has now weighed in on the matter, releasing the following statement where he promises to “look into this”.  An encouraging sign for anyone who’s concerned about infringement on basic rights, such as freedom of speech.  “The right to speak freely without fear of persecution is one of the most important rights we as Americans enjoy, a right that should be protected,” McCollum said Saturday.
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Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, running to replace McCollum as attorney general, also said Friday he was shocked by Hall’s dismissal.  “Her firing was clearly wrong and a questionable act by the employer,” he said. “… Even though her position is considered an at-will job, meaning she could be dismissed for any reason, Florida law protects her free speech rights as well as her right to participate in political activity.”
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Attorney General Issues Statement on Issue Related to Free Speech

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum issued the following statement regarding reports that the State Attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit may have terminated one of his employees for exercising her right to free speech:

“I am deeply troubled by the reports that KrisAnne Hall, a former assistant state attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit, may have been fired for exercising her First Amendment right to free speech. The right to speak freely without fear of persecution is one of the most important rights we as Americans enjoy, a right that should be protected.

“While Florida’s State Attorneys are independently elected and do not report to me, I intend to look into this matter more closely in the coming days.”

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