First Amendment advocates are criticizing Danbury officials trying to restrict access to depositions in a federal lawsuit filed against Mayor Mark Boughton by his former executive assistant.
The city is asking a federal magistrate to sanction a lawyer for releasing documents.
The News-Times reports that Wendy DaCosta says her civil rights were violated when she was fired in 2011 after complaints alleging harassment were filed against her by a city department chief with whom she had a relationship.
A lawyer working for the city asked a local blogger to halt publishing comments from the depositions on his website. Al Robinson, author of the HatCityBLOG, calls it an infringement of his First Amendment rights.
Boughton, a Republican who is considering running for governor next year, called the depositions a "fishing expedition" for future lawsuits.
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