Marvin Pickering

Marvin Pickering

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  • Mr. Marvin Pickering was an Illinois school teacher in 1967.
  • Mr. Pickering was angry that sports were being funded as a priority over educational programs. He wrote a letter to the Lockport Herald to vent about his frustrations with his school system. 
  • Mr. Pickering was terminated for his criticisms but didn't give up on his devotion to his job.
  • Mr. Pickering sued in the state of Illinois in defense of his letter, as he believed it was protected under the 1st Amendment.
  • The justice system ruled in favor of Mr. Pickering in 1968, three times. One of these was rulings were in the Supreme Court, an 8-1 decision. The SC would've ruled against him if his claims were false, but there was no proof there were false.
  • Mr. Pickering recieved his job back following the rulings. He set a very important historical precedent.
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