First Amendment News

Justice Kagan on the First Amendment

Justice Elena Kagan has served on the U.S. Supreme Court since 2009. In her previous career as an academic, she wrote powerful First Amendment scholarship.  She participated in First Amendment
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Federal Judge Rules Kentucky Governor’s Facebook and Twitter Accounts are Government Speech

Kentucky Governor Matt G. Bevin can remove people from his official Twitter and Facebook pages without violating the First Amendment, a federal district court judge has ruled in denying those
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Ohio Appeals Court Affirms Disorderly Conduct Conviction for Man Who Uttered Profane and Sexual Insults at Police Officer

A former sheriff’s department employee who was convicted of disorderly conduct for his vile language directed at another officer at a gas station lost his appeal before an Ohio appeals
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Police officers’ First Amendment claims proceed, survive Garcetti

Several police officers from Bishop, California, who alleged they were retaliated against after publishing a no-confidence letter against the former police chief had their First Amendment claims survive a motion
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Podcast: How do you solve a problem like Facebook?

Facebook

Can sites like Facebook censor fake news and hate speech? Can the government make them? And if so–is that a good idea?
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Can anti-profanity laws and the fighting words doctrine be squared with the First Amendment?

First Amendment scholar David Hudson discusses why these laws are constitutional–and why that’s a problem.
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Are Students Losing Their Free Speech Rights?

March For Our Lives

The Supreme Court decided that students had First Amendment rights in 1969–but since then schools and courts have lost much of that respect for student free speech.
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Podcast: Reporting as a Survivor

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Four student journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School describe the experience of reporting on the shooting that occurred at their own school.
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Federal Appeals Court Applies Ministerial Exception Broadly – Even to Secular Employer

The former hospital chaplain at New York Methodist Hospital (NYMH) can’t pursue his race and religious discrimination claims, because a divided federal appeals court has ruled he is barred by
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Podcast: Censoring Student Journalists

Herriman Telegram

Does freedom of the press apply to high school students? Lata Nott interviews two student journalists about their fight to publish a story their school censored.
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