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Refusing to wear mask during COVID pandemic does not fall under freedom of speech, appeals court rules

Posted on AllSides February 6th, 2024
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A federal appeals court ruled that New Jersey residents refusing to wear face masks at school board meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic is not protected speech under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling Monday in two related cases in which lawsuits were brought against officials in Freehold and Cranford, New Jersey. The lawsuits were filed by George Falcone and Gwyneth Murray-Nolan. The lawsuits centered around claims that the plaintiffs faced retaliation by school boards because they refused to wear masks during...

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