A US federal judge has ruled that Chicago State University violated a former student newspaper adviser’s First Amendment rights when he was fired following articles critical of the university, writes Jodi S Cohen for the Chicago Tribune.
US District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled last week that Steven Moore should be reinstated to his former job for at least a year but did not order any monetary relief. Moore was hired in 2007. His duties included re-establishing the newspaper, Tempo, which hadn't been published in years. He was also executive director for communications at the public university on the city's South Side.
The university's interim president, Frank Pogue, fired him in October 2008, days after an article questioning the funding of a student-run fashion show was published, and following months of tensions between the newspaper and the administration over Tempo's coverage. The university claimed Moore was fired for writing unsatisfactory press releases.
Full report on the Chicago Tribune site
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