West Virginia Politician Sued Over Blocking Constituent On Facebook

Jul 17, 2023 | Political News

A lawsuit has been initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) against a local politician in Jefferson County, accusing him of infringing on a citizen’s First Amendment rights by blocking her on his official Facebook page.

The county official in question, Commissioner Steve Stolipher, blocked a constituent, Christy Stadig, from his social media account after she engaged him in a conversation about a recent county audit.

The action of Commissioner Stolipher is viewed as an infraction of the free speech rights of citizens, since the Facebook page of an elected official is deemed a public forum in most cases.