Bailey v. Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 69 of Canadian Cty. Oklahoma, 896 F.3d 1176 (10th Cir. July 24, 2018)
In this wrongful termination case, a gym teacher alleged the school district terminated his employment in retaliation for letters in which the teacher asked a state court for leniency for his nephew. Reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the school district, the Tenth Circuit held, as a matter of first impression, that a letter requesting modification of a criminal sentence constituted a statement on a matter of public concern, subject to the protections of the First Amendment.