First Amendment News

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

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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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Supreme Court Reached the Right Result – But the Opinion Could Have Been Stronger

The U.S. Supreme Court reached the correct result in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky (2018), striking down a supremely overbroad law that prohibited individuals from wearing political badges, political buttons,
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Georgia Supreme Court Declines to Review Free-Speech Case of Public School Teacher, But Justice Warns of First Amendment Overreach

The Georgia Supreme Court declined to review the free-speech case of Kelly Tucker, a public school teacher in Tift County who was suspended for five days for a Facebook post
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Two Federal Appeals Courts Uphold National Motto on Money from Constitutional and Statutory Challenges

The inclusion of the national motto “In God We Trust” does not violate the First Amendment.
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