Thomas More Law Center To Represent Conservative Royal Oak Commissioner In Unconstitutional Effort By City To Oust Her For Attendance At Lansing Mass Protest

April 27, 2020 ANN ARBOR, MI –The Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it is representing Royal Oak City Commissioner, Kim Gibbs. Commissioner Gibbs is the target of the majority-liberal block of the City Commission, in an unconstitutional attempt to punish her because she attended the April 15, 2020, protest against Michigan Governor Whitmer’s executive order locking down the state.  Gibbs is one of only two conservative members of the seven-member commission.     Richard Thompson, TMLC’s President and Chief Counsel, observed, “Neither the Governor nor the Royal Oak City Commission can suspend the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment reflects a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. It is entitled to special protection.”   Commissioner Gibbs walked on the sidewalk in front of.

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