A city employee was subpoenaed for her deposition in a civil rights case filed by a former employee. The deponent testified the assistant police chief was critical of the former employee. The deponent was fired and she sued alleging retaliation in violation of her First Amendment rights. The trial court denied the assistant police chief’s request for qualified immunity, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed. Karl v. City of Mountainlake Terrace (Ninth Cir.; May 8, 2012) (Case No. 11-35343).