First Amendment News

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.
Read More

Book on Sit-Ins Is a Most Compelling Read

A brilliant new book titled The Sit-Ins: Protest & Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era (University of Chicago Press) examines the sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement in the
Read More

Justice Stephen Breyer’s Memorable First Amendment Passages

Justice Stephen G. Breyer is one of the more scholarly jurists to serve on the nation’s high court, authoring such thought-provoking books such as Active Liberty (2006), Making Our Democracy Work
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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).
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More