News & Commentary

Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

Federal Judge Allows Jailhouse Lawyer’s Retaliation Claim to Proceed

Prison

Prisoners retain First Amendment free-speech rights even behind bars.
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First Five Newsletter: September 26, 2019

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Student’s free speech rights, Facebook’s Supreme Court, fighting online extremism and more.
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Long Before Trump Complained About Libel Laws, President Teddy Roosevelt Was Sued for Libel

Gavel Feature

President Trump has said the nation’s libel laws need to be “opened up” to make it easier for public officials like himself to undertake libel lawsuits, though it did not keep him from criticizing his enemies or attacking libel laws since then.
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First Five Newsletter: September 19, 2019

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First Amendment protecting artificial intelligence, identity protection, religious freedom events and more!
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Does the First Amendment Protect Speech Made By Artificial Intelligence?

A.I. Feature

The history of technology and the First Amendment essentially involves our legal system slowly and reluctantly expanding the definition of speech to include new forms of communication.
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Summer 2018: Dalia Espinosa

Dalia Espinosa (Summer 2018) reflects on her CQS internship experience.
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Federal Appeals Court Rules County Commissioners’ Prayer Practice Unconstitutional

Court

A recent court case determined the practice of invocational prayer that traditionally preceded the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners meetings “had run afoul of the Establishment Clause.”
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School Officials Need a First Amendment Lesson

school hallway

Students have a First Amendment right not to recite the school pledge as a form of peaceful protest, but not all schools honor that.
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First Five Newsletter: September 12, 2019

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Restricted First Amendment freedoms, Snapchat’s 2020 debate accounts, cancel culture and more.
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