Alito Casts Deciding Vote Muzzling Government Whistleblowers

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For the nation’s 21 million government workers, yesterday was not a particularly good day. In an opinion authored by Justice Kennedy and joined by the rest of the emerging conservative bloc (Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia), the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the First Amendment offers no protection against retaliation to public employees who, in the course of their duties, blow the whistle on waste, fraud or corruption.

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