This is a federal lawsuit challenging Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s actions in banning some of her critics from her Facebook page. The lawsuit is on behalf of two Woonsocket residents both of whom found themselves blocked from commenting on the Mayor’s Facebook page after they raised questions about her official activities on it. The lawsuit argues that the censorship violates Plaintiffs' First Amendment right “to speak and to petition the government for redress of grievances." On September 1, 2021, the ACLU of RI favorably settled this suit.
Duhamel & DuBois v. Baldelli-Hunt
David Cass, Lynette Labinger
August 5, 2021