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Rankin v. McPherson


This case expanded the category of "speech on a matter of public concern." At the time of the decision, some circuit courts of appeals were using the dissent's standard: speech on a matter of public concern informed citizens and helped them make democratic decisions. Some critics have noted that the Court did not provide a clear analysis of "public concern." If the expanded definition proves difficult to apply, courts may retreat from the Connick threshold requirement, back to the Pickering balancing.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1981 to 1988Rankin v. McPherson - "i Hope They Get Him", Pickering And Connick, Comment A Matter Of Public Concern, "simply Violent"