Gang Injunctions Threaten Freedom of Association and Other Civil Liberties

The First Amendment and the power of fear

“Safety zones” meant to curb criminal gang activity can trample on the freedom of association.
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The Cake Case Presents an Interesting Question of Speech or Conduct

In the most closely watched Supreme Court case this term, the outcome may come down to whether the creation of a wedding cake is an act of artistic expression.
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Nevada Supreme Court Rules Lower Court Erred in Disfavoring Religion in Child Custody Case

The ruling supports the principle that courts must make child-custody determinations in the best interest of the child, showing neutrality towards religion,
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Federal Judge Rules Student-Athlete Has Right to Kneel During National Anthem

The judge reasoned that the student’s act of kneeling was a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.
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A Tribute to Ida B. Wells and the Power of the Pen

Although today many don’t know her name, she was a courageous activist, journalist, and early leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
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Federal Appeals Court Invalidates Trademark Law Barring Registration of “Scandalous” Marks 

Courts continue to reduce the ability of the government to limit speech because of its perceived offensiveness.
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9th Circuit Applies Strict Scrutiny, Upholds Restriction on Judges and Judicial Candidates

The court found that a Montana law that prohibits judicial candidates from using political party endorsements does not violate the First Amendment
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Public School Athletes Can Protest During the Pledge of Allegiance

While it may be orthodox to stand before the flag or during the pledge, the First Amendment safeguards students’ freedom to differ and protest peacefully.
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Kentucky Appeals Court Upholds Teacher Abuse Law

The court found that a law prohibiting critical, abusive speech to teachers was not overly broad, ignoring the danger of such a law being applied to someone merely expressing disagreement with a school official.
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High Court to Examine Minnesota Law Banning All Political Speech Near Polls

Does a ban against wearing political buttons into a voting booth violate the First Amendment?
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