Court considers whether Alaska lawmakers can ban people from their Facebook page

An Anchorage Superior Court judge is considering when and if it is legal for a state legislator to ban a constituent from the lawmaker’s legislative Facebook page.

On June 8, Judge Thomas Matthews heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by an Eagle River woman against Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican. After hearing arguments, Matthews took the case under advisement, with a decision to be issued soon.

Bobbie McDow, the plaintiff, is asking for an injunction against Reinbold, plus financial damages and attorney fees.

The verdict could determine how Alaska state legislators conduct...


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