Supreme Court revives civil rights claim of Texas woman

 June 21, 2024

Sylvia Gonzalez, age 76, is FURIOUS at the city of Castle Hills, Texas, for reportedly arresting "her on a minor charge in retaliation for criticizing the city manager."

Gonzalez was arrested in 2019 for "stealing a government document soon after taking office as a city council member."

Sylvia claims that she was arrested because she "had mistakenly placed a paper copy of a petition — urging the city to remove its city manager — in her binder before she realized the mistake. The mayor, Edward Treviño, confronted Gonzalez about her possession of the document and alerted police."

As a result of taking the paper, Gonzalez was charged with "tampering with government documents, a misdemeanor. She turned herself in and was held for one night in Bexar County Jail. The charges were later dropped."

According to, Gonzalez "claimed her arrest had come as retaliation for the contents of the petition itself, which accused the city manager of failing to do his job. She then sued the city and several officials, saying they had violated her First Amendment rights."

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Gonzalez, saying that she hadn't provided enough evidence to support her claim that her arrest was politically motivated.

The U.S. Supreme Court did NOT agree, and once the justices got their hands on the case, they gave Gonzalez her rights back.

What do you think will happen now that Gonzalez will be allowed to pursue justice?

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