First Amendment News

Federal Judge Invalidates Kentucky Law Barring Sex Offender Access to Social Media

Applying recent Supreme Court precedent, the judge found that the law violated the First Amendment.
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Do Restrictions on Clothing Donation Bins Violate the First Amendment?

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether city laws that target unattended charity drop-off bins violate the First Amendment, resolving a split between the 6th and 9th Circuits.
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No First Amendment Protection for Professor Who Spoke Out Against Cheating Students

A former adjunct community college professor has no First Amendment retaliation claim arising out of his speech about students cheating, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Tempest in a Teapot, or Taking A Necessary Stand

Guest columnist Jack Kirschenbaum discusses Richard Spencer’s visit to the University of Florida–and what the proper response should be to events like this.
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Podcast: How Worried Should You Be About the First Amendment?

Speech Religion Newseum

Is the First Amendment really under attack, or is that just hyperbole? In this episode, we discuss our latest First Amendment report card and go over the actual threats facing our freedoms–and just how seriously we should be taking them.
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Podcast: Unprotected Speech

Censorship

Most people know that free speech isn’t an unlimited right. But what exactly are its limits? In this episode, host Lata Nott walks through all of the types of speech the First Amendment doesn’t protect.
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Is a rule prohibiting lawyers from engaging in harassment unconstitutional?

First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr. explains why states are split on whether to adopt a new ABA Model Rule that would prohibit lawyers from engaging in harassing or discriminatory conduct.
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Book Review: “Free Speech on Campus”

“Free Speech on Campus”, by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, is a worthy read on the First Amendment and college censorship.

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Podcast: Killing the Watchdog

How quickly can a despotic government dismantle a free press? In this episode of The First Five, we talk to Abdulhamit Bilici, former editor-in-chief of the largest newspaper in Turkey, now living in exile after President Erdogan’s takeover of the press and imprisonment of over 150 journalists.
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Podcast: Treading on Sacred Ground

Does freedom of religion protect sites that are sacred to Native Americans? In this episode of The First Five, we talk to the attorney for the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in the Dakota Access Pipeline litigation.
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