School Officials Receive Immunity from Lawsuit of Teacher Disciplined for Social Media Post

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The Court of Appeals of Georgia decided that a superintendent and county board chairperson could not be defendants in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a teacher suspended for making a controversial Facebook post.
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Federal Judge Invalidates Kentucky Law Barring Sex Offender Access to Social Media

Applying recent Supreme Court precedent, the judge found that the law violated the First Amendment.
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Do Restrictions on Clothing Donation Bins Violate the First Amendment?

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether city laws that target unattended charity drop-off bins violate the First Amendment, resolving a split between the 6th and 9th Circuits.
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No First Amendment Protection for Professor Who Spoke Out Against Cheating Students

A former adjunct community college professor has no First Amendment retaliation claim arising out of his speech about students cheating, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Book Review: “Free Speech on Campus”

“Free Speech on Campus”, by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, is a worthy read on the First Amendment and college censorship.

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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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