Jury rules for school in student free speech case

\nNEW YORK – After four years of litigation, a student who\nsued his school district, several police officers and his city\nfor violating his First and Fourth Amendment rights lost his case\nwhen a jury ruled against him in January.

Josh Herzog and his parents, Miriam and Jeffrey Herzog, filed\na civil suit against the Monticello school district, three Monticello\npolice officers and the village of Monticello after Monticello\nHigh School administrators suspended Josh for distributing an\nunderground newspaper.

Police, who were notified by the school, searched the Herzogs’\nhome and arrested Josh for “inciting a riot.” The criminal\ncharges were later dropped, but the suspension was not. (See Spring\n1998 Report, page 27.)\n