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Sousa v. Roque, No. 07-1892

In an action by a public employee claiming that defendants retaliated against him in violation of the First Amendment for reporting workplace violence, summary judgment for defendants is vacated where the speaker's motive is not dispositive of whether the speech is on a matter of public concern.

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Appellate Information

Argued: November 5, 2008

Decided: August 21, 2009


Opinion by Judge Cabranes


For Appellant:

John R. Williams, New Haven, CT

For Appellee:

Clare E. Kindall, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Hartford,