Please click the image above to see the video of the Warwick City Council meeting; Cote is invited to speak at 02:18:32.

ACLU of RI cooperating attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the Warwick City Council for stifling the free speech rights of a local resident who was barred from speaking at a Council meeting about allegations of ethical misconduct aimed at one of its members. The lawsuit, filed by ACLU of RI cooperating attorneys Thomas W. Lyons and Rhiannon Huffman, argues that the censorship of Robert Cote’s comments was a blatant violation of his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of petition.



Thomas W. Lyons, Rhiannon Huffman

Date filed

August 28, 2023


Federal Court