First Amendment News

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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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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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Justice Sotomayor Expresses Concern Over Court’s True Threat Jurisprudence

What level of intent makes someone’s words a true threat? She thinks the Supreme Court should clarify.
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Judge Gorsuch Shows Sensitivity to First Amendment Issues

First Amendment Scholar David Hudson takes a look at Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch’s track record on religious liberty, freedom of the press, and free speech.
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Freedom of Assembly and Edwards v. South Carolina: Protecting the Peaceful Expression of Unpopular Views

How freedom of assembly was upheld during the Civil Rights Movement, and how those laws protect our right to protest today.
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Federal Appeals Court: Artistic Expression Can’t Be Used to Punish Defendant

The court held that a defendant’s musical lyrics, which referenced violence and drugs, could not be used as objective evidence of his motive for unlawfully possessing a machine gun.
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Sexually Explicit Picture Not Fighting Words, Rules Colorado Appeals Court

The court found that a 14-year-old did not commit disorderly conduct because the explicit picture he drew was protected by the First Amendment.
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