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Federal Judge Says Biden Administration Violated the First Amendment, Blocks High Ranking Officials

Updated: Jul 7, 2023


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On Tuesday, the Trump-appointed Chief Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana released a preliminary injunction that blocks specific members of the Biden Administration from contacting social-media companies to stifle protected speech online. Administration officials are now barred from pressuring, encouraging, or inducing any censorship that pertains to protected speech under the First Amendment. 


The preliminary injunction comes after the Attorney Generals of Louisiana and Missouri filed a lawsuit pertaining to federal officials overstepping their duty by working to curtail protected conservative speech online. 


Among the many Administration officials that were called out in the preliminary injunction were high-ranking officials such as Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorakas, White House Press Secretary Karine Jeen-Pierre, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. The order was wide-reaching to numerous Executive Agencies such as– HHS, DHS, NIAID, CDC, FBI, DOJ, CISA, United States Department of State, and the United States Census Bureau. 


On the release of the injunction, Judge Doughty said, “If the allegations made by plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history.” He then went on to say that “The Plaintiffs would likely succeed on the merit of establishing that the Government had used its power to silence the opposition.”


While the ruling will no doubt be appealed by the Biden Administration, the injunction is yet another victory for conservative legal activism– coming hot off the press from the previous two years of historic terms at the Supreme Court. 


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