First Amendment News

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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Podcast: Hate Will Find A Way

On this episode of the First Five, we explore different approaches that social media platforms have used to deal with online hate speech.

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Belle Plaine, Minnesota Believes in Religious Freedom–But Maybe Not for Satanists

Inside the First Amendment

A town in Minnesota opens its park up as a free speech and religion zone.
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Is Hate Speech Violent By Nature?

Northeaster University Professor scientifically studies how hate speech is imminently violent no matter what words are used or the context it’s given.
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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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Seattle’s New Public Campaign Funding Plan Meets Conservative Pushback

Seattle’s “Democracy Voucher” program aims to empower voters and encourage campaign participation. Despite initial success, it faces accusations that it violates freedoms of speech.
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Podcast: The Band Who Must Not Be Named

The Slants

In this episode of The First Five we talk to Simon Tam, founder of Asian-American band “The Slants,” and his free speech case that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
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Is a noise complaint a violation of free expression?

Small town restricts naval officer from playing Taps daily.
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