Krasno v. Mnookin

From February 2021 to November 2022
University of Wisconsin (Public college or university)
Madison, WI

Identity of Speakers

  • Madeline Krasno

    Former employee of University of Wisconsin, lab researcher

Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Not Clear
  • Incident Responses:
  • Incident Status:
  • Was Speech Code incident


Madeline Krasno, a former employee of the University of Wisconsin, sued the University after comments she posted on the University’s social media pages were deleted. The comments regarded the treatment of animals during her time working in labs at the institution. She claimed the University was violating her First Amendment rights by deleting her comments. The University argued the comments were unrelated to the post and were not deleted because of her position regarding animal testing.

In 2022, a federal judge, Crocker’s decision dismissed the lawsuit. Crocker stated that the University has legitimate interest in ensuring the comments on the post remain on topic, which does not violate Krasno’s First Amendment rights. Crocker argued that precedent is that “nonpublic” does not mean a page is closed to the public, rather it is open to the public for certain speakers or topics.