Campbell v. Reisch

A lawsuit challenging a state representative’s blocking of a critic on Twitter

On March 27, 2020, the Knight Institute filed an amicus brief in Campbell v. Reisch, a case in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is considering a First Amendment challenge to a Missouri state representative’s blocking of a critic on Twitter.

Representative Cheri Reisch blocked Mike Campbell from her Twitter account after Campbell retweeted a tweet that was critical of Reisch. The Knight Institute’s amicus brief argues that the Eighth Circuit should analyze Campbell’s claim as two other federal appeals courts have analyzed similar claims: by determining first whether the official used her Twitter account as an extension of her office, and second whether she opened the account to expression by the public at large.

Status: On appeal. Briefing in progress.

Case Information: Campbell v. Reisch, No. 19-2994 (8th Cir.).

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