Judge Raymond A. Jackson of Federal District Court couldn't have made a more incorrect ruling if he tried.
1. Sheriff B. J. Roberts of Hampton, VA constitutes a government employee.
2. Clicking LIKE on a Facebook posting of a politician or political discussion IS an expression of political debate under the 1st Amendment; being an affirmation of the statement by the clicking poster.
3. While the Constitution of the United State prohibts Congress from making laws against prohibiting free speech; the Sheriff isn't the U.S. Congress. However, in accordance with Section 12, Article I, Bill of Rights, of the Constitution of Virginia, "that any citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances."
4. There being no law allowing him to do so, the Sheriff violated both the Virginia and the U.S. Constitution in taking any adverse personnel action against his employees.
5. There is a plethora of words behind every click box. It's computer code and a Like clickbox on Facebook is shorthand for "I like this post and agree with it."
The spirit, and the letter, of the law is clear. The Sheriff and the Judge both committed felonies in denying the rights of these employees and should be tried and sentenced to prison for their crimes.
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