South Hadley free speech case settles for $75,000
Monday, February 27, 2012
Law Offices of Howard Friedman

Luke Gelinas settled his federal civil rights suit against Ed Boisselle, the former chair of the South Hadley School Committee, alleging Boisselle violated Gelinas’s constitutional rights under the First Amendment. Gelinas was told to stop speaking as he said it was time to hold adults responsible for the tragic death of Phoebe Prince. The case settled for $75,000. Payment has just been received. The case is Gelinas v. Boisselle, et al., C.A. No. 10-30192-KPN, in the United States District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The summary judgment opinion can be found here.

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