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Why would the Florida State Attorney tell a staff lawyer to shut up?

KrisAnne Hall

Her boss, Florida State Attorney Robert “Skip” Jarvis, didn’t like the speeches KrisAnne Hall was making.

He gave her a choice — quit accepting speaking engagements or lose her job as an assistant state attorney in Jarvis’ office.

She refused and was fired. So, she filed a federal discrimination lawsuit.

Last week, she settled out of court for an undisclosed cash amount. In return, she dropped her suit. Jarvis said he received a complaint about her activities and gave what Hall described as an “ultimatum,” telling her to choose between her speaking engagements and her job.

“I told him I could not make that choice. I believe that my First Amendment right is my right and I would not stop speaking,” Hall told reporters.

Her federal lawsuit alleged her rights had been violated and Jarvis had no standing to order her to stop speaking on her own time. Hall will not discuss details of the settlement, except to say she is very satisfied. She will not be returning to the state attorney’s office.

“I believe strongly that I was within my constitutional right and within Supreme Court precedent,” she said.

So, what incredibly offensive statements was she making that had the Florida state attorney so upset?

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