First Amendment News

Podcast: Context, Please


How can the news media help people understand complex issues? By providing a little context.
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When do rants exceed First Amendment boundaries and become true threats?

First Amendment scholar David Hudson’s article in the ABA Journal discusses the limits of First Amendment protection for speech.
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2018 State of First Amendment Survey Reveals People Believe in Media as Watchdog

State of the First Amendment, #SOFA2018

The most encouraging part of the 2018 State of the First Amendment survey is the public’s embrace of the ideal of the media serving as the watchdog of a free
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Kentucky Inmate Loses Access to Courts Claim Based on Lack of Law Library and Legal Materials

A Kentucky inmate who alleged that a detention center’s lack of a law library and his inability to conduct independent legal research hindered his access to the courts lost his
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We Hate “False News” Even More Than We Hate “Hate” On Social Media

Gene Policinski, headshot

The 2018 State of the First Amendment survey found that the more we know about our First Amendment freedoms, the less likely we are to agree with placing limits on those freedoms.
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At the Supreme Court, a day of infamy for religious freedom

The 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii is nothing less than a proclamation that hostility toward Islam and discrimination against Muslims is now the official policy of the United States of America.
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Court Majority Wisely Rejects Expansive Application of Professional Speech Doctrine

A positive development emerged from the Supreme Court’s invalidation of two compelled notices in a California law that required pro-life pregnancy centers to provide notices about the availability of abortion
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Podcast: Deconstructing the “Gay Wedding Cake” Case

Lata Nott delves into one of the most controversial cases on the Supreme Court’s docket this year, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and what the Court’s decision means for First Amendment and LGBTQ rights.
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Golden Nuggets for Free-Expression Advocates in an Unusual Case

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida (17-21) has some golden nuggets for free-expression advocates even though at first glance the opinion might seem
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