Aspen, housing authority sued is dispute over free speech

Aspen Daily News: After alleging he’d been banned from commenting on the city of Aspen’s Facebook page, Lee Mulcahy — alongside five other plaintiffs, including his mother, Sandy Mulcahy — is suing the municipality, claiming a violation of First Amendment rights.

In the 22-page complaint, for which city attorney Jim True entered an appearance with Pitkin County District Court on behalf of the government this week, Mulcahy seeks injunctive relief — in this case, unblocking Mulcahy from commenting on the Facebook page and assurances that those comments will not be removed from administrators.

Additionally, the suit names the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority as a defendant, pointing to the entity’s decorum policy overseeing citizen public comment as one also infringing on free speech rights.

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