Verdict in rock-mine lawsuit chills free speech in Florida

A $4.4 million verdict in a Palm Beach County lawsuit is a frightful warning to citizens who speak out and petition the government about what they think is wrong. (Source: The Sun-Sentinel)

From The Sun-Sentinel: Hardly anyone was paying attention to a billionaire developer’s lawsuit against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla until she lost it.

Then a jury awarded him $4.4 million for her attempts to block his plan to dig and sell rocks from a sugar cane field near Lake Okeechobee, store water there and sell it to a city.

Be very careful what you say about the public’s business, the verdict seemed to mean, or you could be ruined financially.

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