Posted: Jun 10, 2013 7:50 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments next month on whether the U.S. District Court in Lafayette went too far in shutting down a website critical of the Lafayette Police Department, the city's police chief and other officials.
Free speech experts say it's a nuanced issue that pits the right of government to quell the public dissent of employees who are suing their employer.
Former and current police officers last year in federal court sued the department, Lafayette City-Parish Government, Police Chief Jim Craft, and other government officials.
In the lawsuit, filed June 5, 2012, the officers allege fraud, racial discrimination and other offenses within the police department and are seeking a monetary award.