Coincidence or Correlation in Yakima, WA?
Edward L. Birk Nov 30, 2022 in First Amendment
Most free-speech cases are complicated.
For instance, a case regarding free speech in Yakima, WA rests on the intersection of protection against discrimination and public safety.
A local furniture business owner sued the city and several public employees, alleging that the city persecuted him with fire code inspections and violations after he opposed a city plan to replace a parking lot with a downtown plaza.
The city argues that the temporal proximity of the business owner’s vocal stance and the fire code citations are coincidental. City officials explained that fire safety and public safety were their only concerns when they pushed the business to rectify an unsafe basement ceiling in the building.
Stay tuned to see what the jury decides.
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