Freedom of Speech

’Tis the Season for Celebrating Freedom

Bill of Rights Day Feature

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15 by breaking the cycle of ignorance and misinformation that threatens our five fundamental freedoms.
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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Man with Vanity Plate, ‘IM GOD’

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Kentucky man sued in federal court alleging a violation of his First Amendment free-speech rights, denying him a vanity license plate with the message “IM GOD.”
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The First Amendment Has Protected President Donald J. Trump

Free Speech Feature

The First Amendment protects much speech that may annoy, offend and even harm. It often protects all of us, including the president.
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Women Defendants Contributed Mightily to First Amendment Jurisprudence

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As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, we should also remember the courageous female defendants who often faced persecution, ostracism and scorn, merely for holding dissident political views.
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Federal Appeals Court Holds that Provision in PLRA Does Not Violate the ‘Breathing Space’ Principle

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A federal appeals court ruled a three-strikes provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) does not violate the First Amendment nor infringe on the “breathing space” principle.
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When words speak louder than actions

Choose Your Words

The First Amendment may protect our right to speak freely, but it does have limits.
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Federal Appeals Court Grants Qualified Immunity to University Officials, Denies Medical Student’s First Amendment Claim for Punishment Over Social Media Post

Facebook Post Feature

A previous U.S. Supreme Court’s qualified immunity decision, continues to do significant damage in First Amendment jurisprudence. In this case, regards to punishing a university student for an off-campus Facebook post.
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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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From NBA to Trump to our ears and eyes, how free speech works

Freedom of Speech

Other nations may have rules or laws that in some fashion say they protect or really do protect freedom of speech, but none has quite the same strong constitutional protection that we have in the U.S.
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Protecting Religious Freedom Has a Domino Effect

Religious Freedom

The recent death of a turbaned Sikh law enforcement officer sparks conversation over the fact that some members of minority religious communities are still forced to decide between serving their country and honoring their religious identities.
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