No. 09-1865.

591 F.3d 552 (2010)

Maria AVILA, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Maria PAPPAS, et al., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided January 4, 2010.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Lawrence V. Jackowiak (argued), Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Pavlina Kochankovska (argued), Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.

Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and WOOD and TINDER, Circuit Judges.


Shortly before the date of her disciplinary hearing at the Cook County Treasurer's Office, Maria Avila told a friend (and co-worker) that she could "go postal"; she advised the friend to duck. Concerned that Avila might be serious, the friend told her superiors. Police attended the hearing, and the implied threat became another ground of discipline. Avila was fired and criminally prosecuted. Illinois law treats as a felony a threat against...

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