The First Amendment did not protect a Maricopa County Attorney’s Office employee from being fired after speaking with an Arizona Republic reporter about a pending legal matter, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 23, Cronkite News’ Joseph Guzman reported.

The decision reverses a federal district court judge’s earlier finding that Maria Brandon was wrongly terminated, Guzman wrote.

Read Guzman’s story here.