On June 30, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert and vacated a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Gibson v. Kilpatrick.
The case originated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, with Judge Michael Mills presiding. The plaintiff was the former police chief of Drew. He alleged that the town’s mayor fired him in retaliation for reporting theft of gasoline by the mayor (Kilpatrick).
The trial court ruled that the employment actions against Gibson violated his First Amendment rights. The Fifth Circuit reversed based on prior precedent. Apparently there was a later change of law, however, with the Supreme Court issuing the following ruling:
The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for further consideration in light of Lane v. Franks, 573 U. S. ___ (2014).
This was a big win for Gibson and his attorney, Jim Waide of Tupelo.