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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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California Appeals Court Upholds Law Prohibiting False Reports of Bombs or Explosive Devices


A California statute prohibiting persons from making a false report about a bomb or other explosive device does not violate the First Amendment, a state appeals court has ruled.
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No First Amendment Right to Not Cut Grass says Indiana Appeals Court

Indiana Appeals Court

Not every free-expression lawsuit has a prayer of being accepted in court – a lesson from an Indiana appellate court involving a man who asserted freedom of conscience and free-speech defenses to not mowing his lawn.
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Federal Appeals Court approves prison censorship rule

prison censorship

A federal appeals court ruled recently in favor of prison officials who had seized a copy of Newsweek magazine from an inmate.
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Appeals Court reinstates NYPD officer’s First Amendment retaliation claim


A New York City police officer who complained to superiors about a quota policy on arrests and allegedly suffered retaliation had his First Amendment lawsuit reinstated once again by a federal appeals court. The decision in Matthews v. City of New York.
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Federal appellate judge speaks out on the First Amendment

Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considered one of the brightest stars on the bench. He became the youngest federal appellate judge this century
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