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Lawyer vows to appeal ruling that says Facebook is not 'like' free speech

A Virginia sheriff's deputy who was fired for "liking" his boss' opponent on Facebook likes his chances in a federal lawsuit claiming his click was constitutionally protected. The deputy, Daniel Ray Carter Jr., and five other employees were fired after clicking the “like” button on Facebook in support of Jim Adams, their boss’ opponent in the race for Hampton sheriff in 2009. Carter and the other five terminated employees have been fighting in the courts ever since, saying their firings violated their right to free speech. But a May decision from U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson did not go in their favor. “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection,” Jackson wrote in his opinion. (continued...)