The First Amendment prohibits the government from retaliating against individuals exercising their rights to free speech, press, assembly, and petition of the government for redress of grievances. Read more about our work to address retaliation against individuals who have engaged in protected expression, newsgathering, and petitioning.
On December 29, 2023, the district court ruled that the UGA First Amendment Clinic’s retaliatory prosecution lawsuit against officers in the Camden County Sheriff’s Office may proceed to trial. The case is brought on behalf of Mrs. Emma Jane Prospero, a retired resident of Woodbine, Georgia who was prosecuted in retaliation for exercising her free speech and petition rights by calling Camden County 911 to report gunshots near her home.Keep Reading
The University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment and Community HeLP Clinics are co-counsel in a putative class action, Oldaker v. Giles, 7:20-CV-00224-WLS-MHS (M.D. Ga.), brought on behalf of fifteen women, and others similarly situated, who allege medical abuse, neglect, and retaliation in violation of their First Amendment rights while detained in the custody of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia.Keep Reading