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First Amendment Center legal intern Melemaikalani Moniz lays out what government employees can and can’t post on social media.
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When it comes to our freedoms, is a C+ grade good enough?

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In a report card issued by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, the First Amendment gets a barely passing grade.
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Remembering Johnson v. Avery, the Jailhouse Lawyer Case

First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson, Jr. discusses the landmark Supreme Court case that allowed “jailhouse lawyers” to help other inmates with their legal pleadings.
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Lawyer Has No First Amendment Right to Curse at Client for Not Paying Legal Fees

Individuals often have a First Amendment right to utter profanity, but attorneys are held to higher standards.
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Federal Judge Upholds City’s Ban on Wind Signs, Including Balloons Used for Advertising

The verdict’s in–there’s no First Amendment right to use helium balloons to attract customers.
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Federal Appeals Court Considers Facebook Posts a True Threat

A Wisconsin man learned the hard way that posting incendiary messages on Facebook about killing then-President Barack Obama can fall into the unprotected category of true threats.
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Supreme Court Considers Three First Amendment Cases This Term

First Amendment Scholar David Hudson Jr. takes a look at the free speech cases on the Court’s docket this term: Lee v. Tam, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, and Packingham v. North Carolina.
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Does a border agent’s search of your cell phone cross the line?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides insight into the First Amendment implications of U.S. border agents seizing and searching electronic devices.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Protest

Mosque protesters and counter-protesters were prevented from exercising their right to assemble by the intervention of a third group. The two opposing groups of protesters left to get lunch together.
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