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ACLU warning Northeast Nebraska city against censorship

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A civil liberties group is warning officials in one northeast Nebraska town against censuring a resident who has been critical of the actions of the local city council.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sent a letter to Creighton City Attorney Andrew Marshall after city officials in November ordered Mike Nutting to stop writing letters to the editor of a local newspaper criticizing them. The city council also instructed Nutting to submit a written apology.

When Nutting refused and wrote another letter critical of city officials, the city council began the process of considering legal action against him.

The ACLU said that violates Nutting's First Amendment right to criticize the government and warned that if the city presses charges against Nutting, the ACLU will defend him in court

Nutting has filed to appear on the upcoming ballot, seeking one of the two at large positions on the Creighton City Council.

Requests for comment from Marshall have not been answered.

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