First Amendment News

Federal Judge Rules Georgia Sheriff Violated the First Amendment by Posting Signs in Sex Offenders’ Yards

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A federal district court has ruled that a Georgia sheriff violated the First Amendment by posting signs in front of sex offenders’ homes for kids not to trick-or-treat there.
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Teacher-led Prayer: Unconstitutional but Appropriate?

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Teachers should help students understand why religious freedom protections — like the prohibition against teacher-led prayer — benefit people of all religions and none.
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Federal Appeals Court Rules County Commissioners’ Prayer Practice Unconstitutional

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A recent court case determined the practice of invocational prayer that traditionally preceded the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners meetings “had run afoul of the Establishment Clause.”
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A ‘More Modest’ Approach: Making Lemonade Without Lemon

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A recent court case deliberated over the deconstruction of the Bladensburg Cross due to citizens regarding it to be offending rather then a memorial honoring WW1 soldiers.
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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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Divided 10th Circuit Panel Gives Inadequate First Amendment Protection to Employee Demoted for Truthful Sworn Court Testimony

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It is an abuse of power to demote a public employee because he gives testimony in a court case.
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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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Texas Appeals Court Rules Defendant’s Free-Speech Rights Not Violated by Introduction of His No-Snitching Tattoo into Evidence

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A Court of Appeals ruled tattoos can be used to establish elements of a crime or motive.
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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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