First Amendment News

Podcast: The First Amendment and Symbolic Speech

NFL players take a knee

Expressive acts, like kneeling during the national anthem or burning the American flag, are considered “symbolic speech” — but are they protected under the First Amendment?
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No Immunity for Sheriff Who Fired His Deputy After Election

A Washington County, Nebraska, sheriff who terminated a deputy sheriff who ran against him in a political campaign is not entitled to qualified immunity, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision is significant, because it reaffirms the right of public employees to make statements as citizens on matters of public importance.
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Is legislator-led prayer constitutional?

The Establishment Clause says that the government can’t establish a religion or favor one set of believes over another.  When local government officials open their meetings with prayers, are they
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Podcast: Drone Journalism


Mickey Osterreicher, lawyer for the National Press Photographers Association, discusses how regulations on drone photography can limit freedom of the press.
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Podcast: Free Speech and the Internet

What does freedom of speech mean in the age of the internet? Legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams breaks down the major challenges we face today.
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College Professor Had Right to Remove Online Discussion Thread, Federal Judge Rules

The professor found that arguments about Hitler distracted students from their actual discussion prompt.
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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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Survey Shows that Americans are Becoming Savvier News Consumers

Fake News

About 30% of Americans engage with the news every day of the week, and almost three out of four of all Americans do something to verify the news they receive, according to a new survey by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute.
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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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