Gov. Bill Haslam answers a question during a news conference in this file photo.Photo by Associated Press
NASHVILLE — State attorneys today served notice they are challenging last month’s ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in Nashville who found Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration violated the free speech rights of Occupy Nashville protesters arrested during 2011 demonstrations on War Memorial Plaza.
In a filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper’s office said that they are contesting U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger’s June 12 ruling.
State Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons and General Services Commissioner Steve Cates are listed on the appeal of the suit, filed against Haslam and top administration officials.
The state is contesting portions of Trauger’s order denying defendants’ defense of qualified immunity and the resulting findings on behalf of the plaintiffs on First Amendment, due process and Fourth Amendment violations.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...