ORLANDO, Fla. -- The ruling by a judge in favor of CNN and White House Correspondent Jim Acosta gives me renewed hope in my own fight with Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, a proven liar, an opportunist whose use of his office to limit my media capabilities clearly violates the law.
Acosta returned to his post at the White House on Friday following a court ruling that forced the Trump administration to reinstate his press pass, CNN reported.
Here is what else CNN reported on the matter: The ruling by federal judge Timothy J. Kelly was an initial victory for CNN in its lawsuit against Trump and several top aides. The suit alleges that CNN and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated by last week's suspension of his press pass. The judge sided with CNN on the basis of the suit's Fifth Amendment claims, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass. He left open the possibility that the White House could seek to revoke Acosta's pass again if it provided due process.
CNN was supported by more than a dozen other major news outlets including USA Today and Fox News.
As for Chitwood, his ban on this award-winning journalist that now spans 682 consecutive days since the elected sheriff was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2017. That is when he had this reporter banned from his first press conference and each since. Why? Because Chitwood who claims to be transparent and campaigned for better pay for deputies, made arrangements with then-County Manager Jim Dinneen behind the scenes to hire his campaign manager, Janelle Homan, for a PR flak's job at more than $53,000, while his agency already had three civilian PIOs making a collective $250,000. And he inherited an agency with 50 deputy openings and woefully-low entry salasries