First Amendment

Former Sex Offenders Can Proceed with Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions on Internet Use

Internet Feature

A group of former sex offenders may continue with their lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC’s) restrictive policy on internet access for those convicted of sex crimes.
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Funny or Not, Speech is Still Free

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The joke is on you, because that’s how the First Amendment works.
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Colorado High Court Affirms Dismissal of Jury-Tampering Charges Against Men Who Advocated for Jury Nullification

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A Colorado court rule that two men who handed out brochures on jury nullification at the courthouse did not violate Colorado’s jury tampering statute.
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Long Before Trump Complained About Libel Laws, President Teddy Roosevelt Was Sued for Libel

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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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Federal Appeals Court Rules County Commissioners’ Prayer Practice Unconstitutional

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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

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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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Qualified Immunity Once Again Protects Prison Officials

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A recent decision from a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected two First Amendment claims by an inmate based on qualified immunity.
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Compelled Speech Doctrine Should Apply in Challenges to Sex Registration Laws

First Amendment

Forcing a person to register as a sex offender may violate the right to freedom of speech.
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Roscoe Jones – First Amendment Hero

This African-American Jehovah Witness preacher had the temerity to travel all across the Southeast promoting his religious faith even in all-white areas.
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The Ripple Effects of the Government Shutdown — Why We Should be More Civil to our Civil Servants

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How’s our economy doing? Are the Trump tariffs actually working? Is it a good time to buy a house, start a business or invest in the stock market? No one knows.
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