Attorney sues Ohio judges over Black Lives Matter button

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An attorney sentenced to five days in jail for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter button while in court has sued two northeast Ohio municipal court judges and the city of Youngstown claiming her free speech rights were violated.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports ( ) Andrea Burton sued Youngstown Municipal Court judges Robert Milich and Elizabeth Kobly in federal court Thursday.

Milich sentenced Burton to jail for contempt of court last month after she refused to remove the Black Lives Matter button. Milich rescinded the order after ordering Burton into custody when she agreed to adhere to the dress code while her attorney’s appealed Milich’s order.

Milich said he cited Pearson because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision banning political buttons in courtrooms