Arresting a Person for Profanity Often Violates the First Amendment

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A three-judge panel affirmed in its decision that the key to the case is individuals often have a First Amendment right to utter profanity — even directed at police officers.
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Once Again is the Most Speech-Protective Justice

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Sotomayor recognizes that sometimes officers arrest individuals out of retaliation for their speech more so than because a person has committed a crime.
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50 Years Ago, the Court Enters the True Threats Thicket in Watts v. United States

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The case should be celebrated for emphasizing the importance of politically charged advocacy and ensuring that such advocacies are not misconstrued as true threats.
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Compelled Speech Doctrine Should Apply in Challenges to Sex Registration Laws

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Forcing a person to register as a sex offender may violate the right to freedom of speech.
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Censoring Students for Pro-Trump Clothing is Problematic

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Students have the right to engage in political speech at school. Censorship is not the answer.
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Federal Court Will Allow Prosecutors to Introduce Parts of Music Videos in Trial of Rapper Kontraversy

Federal prosecutors may introduce rap music videos and an interview depicting a rapper with drug and weapons charges without violating the First Amendment.
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Violent-themed Student Speech

In the wake of Columbine, school officials have taken to treating all violent-themed student speech as true threats.
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Roscoe Jones – First Amendment Hero

This African-American Jehovah Witness preacher had the temerity to travel all across the Southeast promoting his religious faith even in all-white areas.
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