The Supreme Court shielded public employees from being punished or fired if they testify in court against their superiors, ruling Thursday that the 1st Amendment protects those who tell the truth and reveal corruption.
Such testimony is “speech as a citizen for 1st Amendment purposes” and deserves to be protected, the court said in a 9-0 decision.
The ruling revives a lawsuit by a former Alabama community college official. He testified against an influential state legislator who was drawing a paycheck from the college but doing no work. After his testimony, he was fired.