Voices Rising: Rep. Justin Jones Fights for Free Speech in Historic Tennessee Lawsuit


FILE - Tennessee Rep. Justin Jones, D-Nashville, speaks from the House floor during a special session of the state legislature on public safety, Aug. 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Jones filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 3, challenging his expulsion in April and the House rules restricting lawmakers' floor comments that Republicans applied to silence Jones for part of one day in August. (AP Photo/George Walker IV, File)
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Tennessee State Representative Justin Jones, a notable figure among the ‘Tennessee Three,’ has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that House Speaker Cameron Sexton and others infringed upon his constitutional rights to free speech and due process.

Jones and Representative Justin J. Pearson were initially expelled from the Tennessee House after protesting gun violence, but later reclaimed their seats through special elections.

Representative Jones stated on X, formerly known as Twitter, “The people of District 52 deserve to have their voices heard without the threat of undemocratic silencing and retaliation.”

The lawsuit, emphasizing that silencing opposing views is against the spirit of democracy and the Constitution, emerges as Jones was allegedly silenced by Sexton during a House session in August.

A pertinent question arises, how will this legal challenge shape the conversation around free speech and democratic representation in Tennessee’s legislature?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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