John Roberts

An Alaska man said police arrested him in retaliation. He took a free speech case to the Supreme Court — and lost.

An Alaska man said police arrested him in retaliation. He took a free speech case to the Supreme Court — and lost.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against an Alaska resident in a case that gives law enforcement officers significant protection from people who want to sue and claim they were arrested in retaliation for something they said or wrote.

In an opinion, the justices said that because the officers had probable cause to arrest Russell Bartlett, his lawsuit fails.

Bartlett was arrested in 2014 at Arctic Man, an annual, weeklong winter sports festival that draws thousands to the remote Hoodoo Mountains near Paxton, Alaska. In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts described the festival...

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