Rankin v. McPherson
"i Hope They Get Him", Pickering And Connick, Comment A Matter Of Public Concern, "simply Violent"
Constable Walter Rankin
That the respondent's dismissal was a reasonable exercise of the government's interest in maintaining an efficient workplace.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Billy E. Lee
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Lloyd N. Cutler
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall (writing for the Court), Lewis F. Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens
William H. Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
24 June 1987
The Court held that the respondent's speech was on a matter of public concern, and was therefore protected by the First Amendment.
This case addressed the necessity of striking a balance between a public employer's right to maintain an efficient workplace and a public employee's right to free speech.
- Pickering v. Board of Education, 391 U.S. 563 (1968).
- Elrod v. Burns, 427 U.S. 347 (1976).
- Mt. Healthy City School District Board of Education v. Doyle, 429 U.S. 274 (1977).
- Connick v. Myers, 461 U.S. 138 (1983).
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