State High Courts Can Provide Greater Free-Speech Protections

With regard to individual rights, the U.S. Constitution sits as a floor, not a ceiling.
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Pre-Trial Detainee Loses First Amendment Claim for Skype Visitation

A federal district court ruled that Florida did not violate the First Amendment by refusing Skype visitation to a pre-trial detainee.
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The Shady Business of Regulating Shady Businesses

The 11th Circuit court of appeals recognizes the tension between a recent Supreme Court ruling and the “secondary-effects” doctrine, which allows for greater regulation of adult businesses.
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Unusual Defamation Suit Targets Source of Story

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The plaintiff, upset by an unfavorable news story, chose to sue not the reporter or newspaper, but a source the reporter talked to when writing the story.
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Connecticut High Court Reverses Woman’s Conviction for Profanity Uttered at Store

A Connecticut woman who uttered a slew of profanity at a store manager during a customer service dispute had her conviction reversed by the state high court.   The Connecticut Supreme Court explained
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Federal Judge Rules: There’s No First Amendment Right To Be a Helicopter Parent

A court in Redondo Beach, California finds that public elementary school officials had the right to limit disruptive parents’ access to campus.
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Milwaukee law gets a virtual reality check

A federal judge invalidates a permit ordinance for playing virtual games like “Pokemon Go” and “Texas Rope Em,” finding that the requirement violates the First Amendment.
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Full 4th Circuit Invalidates Legislator-Led Prayer, Could Lead to Supreme Court Review

The 4th and 5th Circuits disagree on whether legislator-led prayers before public meetings violate the Establishment Clause.
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Justice Alito and the Government Speech Doctrine 

A look at Justice Alito’s prominent role in the Court’s last three major government speech cases — Pleasant Grove v. Summum, Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the recent Matal v. Tam.
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Supreme Court Rules that Trademark Laws Can’t Discriminate Based on Viewpoint

Supreme Court finds that a law prohibiting disparaging trademarks violates the First Amendment.
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