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Supreme Court Split in 'Bizarre' First Amendment Case

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday during oral arguments in what one justice termed a "bizarre" case between a New Jersey town and a former police officer who contends he was demoted as political payback. The nation's highest court has never ruled on whether the right of free speech and association, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, prohibits the government from taking action against an employee based on its mistaken perception that he...

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