First Amendment News

Public Employees, Private Speech

Social media

First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson, Jr. explains how the First Amendment doesn’t always protect government workers.
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Controversial Speakers and the Problem of the Hecklers’ Veto

The First Amendment and the power of fear

A controversial speaker is invited to a public university to deliver a speech.  Many people exercise their free-speech rights to protest the selection of that speaker.  However, some of those
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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

First Amendment Center legal intern Melemaikalani Moniz lays out what government employees can and can’t post on social media.
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When it comes to our freedoms, is a C+ grade good enough?

First Amendment Report Card

In a report card issued by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, the First Amendment gets a barely passing grade.
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Remembering Johnson v. Avery, the Jailhouse Lawyer Case


First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson, Jr. discusses the landmark Supreme Court case that allowed “jailhouse lawyers” to help other inmates with their legal pleadings.
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Lawyer Has No First Amendment Right to Curse at Client for Not Paying Legal Fees

Individuals often have a First Amendment right to utter profanity, but attorneys are held to higher standards.
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Federal Judge Upholds City’s Ban on Wind Signs, Including Balloons Used for Advertising

The verdict’s in–there’s no First Amendment right to use helium balloons to attract customers.
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Supreme Court Considers Three First Amendment Cases This Term

First Amendment Scholar David Hudson Jr. takes a look at the free speech cases on the Court’s docket this term: Lee v. Tam, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, and Packingham v. North Carolina.
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Justice Sotomayor Expresses Concern Over Court’s True Threat Jurisprudence

What level of intent makes someone’s words a true threat? She thinks the Supreme Court should clarify.
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Judge Gorsuch Shows Sensitivity to First Amendment Issues

First Amendment Scholar David Hudson takes a look at Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch’s track record on religious liberty, freedom of the press, and free speech.
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