Firing of Work Release Intern for TV Interview Upheld
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A student intern was terminated from her position at a halfway house for sex offenders for giving a television interview in which she criticized a proposed policy change. Her interest in free speech was outweighed by the state's interest in maintaining the unit's security and efficiency. Even if the First Amendment was violated, defendants were entitled to qualified immunity because she was a volunteer. See: Andersen v. McCotter, 3 F.Supp. 1223 (D.Utah 1998).