First Amendment News

Parole Officer is Garcettized, Loses First Amendment Retaliation Case

A longtime parole officer for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) lost her First Amendment retaliation case before a federal district court.   The ruling shows
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Justice Owen Roberts’ Most Memorable First Amendment Passages

Justice Owen J. Roberts (1875 – 1955) was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice perhaps best known for changing his view on the constitutionality of federal New Deal legislation that established
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Five First Amendment Passages from Charles Evans Hughes

Charles Evans Hughes

Charles Evans Hughes served on the U.S. Supreme Court on two different occasions – first as an associate justice (1907 – 1916) and then as chief justice (1930 – 1941).
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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?


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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