Supreme Court Won’t Hear Florida Environmentalist’s Appeal

The Associated Press

Stuart, Fla. – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a Florida environmentalist that sought to set aside a $4 million judgment over her criticism of a rock mining project near the Everglades.

The court without comment Monday decided not to consider the free speech case involving Maggy Hurchalla, 79, who is the sister of former Attorney General Janet Reno. Hurchalla was appealing a 2018 jury verdict that imposed the multi-million penalty. The company, Lake Point Restoration, argued that Hurchalla’s comments about the rock project amounted to a violation of a contract it had with a county.

Hurchalla said she hopes the court will find another case to consider free speech rights in such debates with corporations and government entities.

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