Thornton mayor pro tem agrees to unblock anti-fracking activists on Facebook

The Denver Post: Thornton Mayor Pro Tem Jan Kulmann agreed to unblock two anti-fracking activists from her official Facebook page as part of an agreement announced Monday in a lawsuit accusing the elected official — a proponent of oil and gas interests — of violating free speech rights by censoring her government social media page.

The stipulation, which was approved by a federal magistrate, also said Kulmann will not block anyone or delete any further comments from her official Facebook page while the lawsuit proceeds.

The agreement came after Boulder County commissioner candidate Cliff Willmeng, co-founder of the anti-fracking group East Boulder County United, and Marine Corps reservist Eddie Asher filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver alleging that Kulmann deleted their posts on the mayor pro tem’s official Facebook page.

“The order will remain in effect through Election Day and allow Mr. Willmeng and Mr. Asher, and everyone else, to fully exercise their First Amendment rights,” Andrew McNulty, the attorney representing Willmeng and Asher, said in a statement.

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