Rutherford Institute attorneys filed a lawsuit in May of 2013. They challenged the government’s actions as improper and legally unjustified.
However, in February 2014, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit. He rejected the concerns over government suppression of dissident speech as “far-fetched.”
Far-fetched? A man posts an opinion on the Internet and he is arrested, detained and subjected to incarceration in a mental hospital for simply posting his opinion of the government?
This is so very far from the Founding Fathers intention of free speech that it makes one question the entire judicial branch.
The Rutherford Institute has now appealed to the Supreme Court, taking the fight as far as they can for the Constitutional rights of its citizens.
Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of decorated Marine Brandon Raub who was seized by a swarm of Secret Service, FBI and local police officials and involuntarily committed to a mental institution for a week after posting controversial song lyrics and political views critical of the government on his Facebook page.
In asking the Supreme Court to reinstate Brandon Raub v. Michael Campbell, Rutherford Institute attorneys are challenging a ruling by a lower court judge who characterized the Institute’s concerns over government suppression of dissident speech as “far-fetched.” Moreover, Institute attorneys are urging the Court to establish standards to guide and constrain mental health professionals when they seek to commit individuals and to prevent commitment on the basis of a person’s exercise of his right to free speech.
You can read more about the original arrest here.