1st Amendment: Moms Sue State Senator Richard Pan over Twitter Blocking

1st amendment moms sue senator pan

(Sacramento, Ca) Suzanne Rummel and Marlene Burkitt have filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court seeking Declaratory, Injunctive, Or Other Relief over made silent by State Senator Richard Pan who blocked the pair from his Twitter account alleging that barring them from his Twitter account violates their First Amendment free speech rights.

The lawsuits asks the court, “Plaintiffs respectfully ask this Court to (i) declare that Senator Pan’s blocking of Plaintiffs from the https://twitter.com/DrPanMD site violates the First Amendment; (ii) order that Senator Pan restore Plaintiffs’ access to this important public forum; (iii) award damages, fees and costs to Plaintiffs pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983; and (iv) provide further relief as is necessary or proper. The full lawsuit can be read here.

The lawsuit, filed on July 27, states they were blocked after using Pan’s Twitter site to discuss his efforts “to reduce medical freedom, parental decision-making rights, and other issues.”

Pan is most widely known for his controversial 2015 bill eliminated personal and religious exemptions for the state’s vaccine requirements. Vaccinations are now mandatory for children entering kindergarten who do not have medical exemptions.

In May, President Trump battled a similar suit defending his right to block users he disagreed with. He lost in court but is currently appealing the decision.

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