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Court curbs right to sue by 'whistle-blowers'

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Coreespondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / June 14, 1983



Washington

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a government ''whistle-blower'' does not have an independent right to sue his superior for violating his First Amendment rights.

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The ruling said federal courts may act to rectify constitutional harms done by the government to its employees. Lower courts may even exercise that power when Congress has not passed a law specifying awards of money damages. But, in ruling against a government aerospace engineer, the court said that power is to be exercised cautiously.