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Court reinstates freedom of speech case

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Updated: 8/09/2013 11:24 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- On Thursday, August 8, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reinstated a free speech federal lawsuit against the Lafayette County School District.

The suit alleges the district fired then assistant principal Lisa Mooney because she campaigned against Superintendent of Education Mike Foster.

The Court of Appeals held there was circumstantial evidence that the school district fired Mooney because she campaigned for Carolyn Davis, a special education teacher, who ran against Foster in 2007.

District Judge Neal Biggers of Oxford had dismissed the case, ruling that it had been too long since the 2007 election to support a finding that Mooney's campaigning was the reason for the firing.

Mooney was the only administrator fired from her position when the district had a reduction of force in 2010.

The district claimed Mooney's performance deteriorated after the political campaign.

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